The River Basin Planning section prepares and updates the State Water Plan, statewide water-use numbers, regional conservation goals, and basin reports. These plans present, summarize and analyze valuable data collected by the Division of Water Rights and provide important guidelines and support to local entities working to prepare and satisfy Utah’s future water needs.
This section also collects streamflow data, reservoir levels, municipal and industrial water use, land use estimates, precipitation, and area evaporation rates, as well as other parameters. The data is used in the development of the Division’s water budgets that help evaluate water use in Utah. These water budgets are used in Division models to help understand how water systems interact within a hydrologic basin and to plan for future needs.
Along with collecting water use data, the section is also addressing issues related to drought by revising and documenting our drought reporting and monitoring procedures, working with a regional group to evaluate economic impacts of drought in the southwest region, and developing a group to make meaningful contributions to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report.
2019 Utah Water Users Workshop presentation on the Development of Regional Water Conservation Goals.
2015 Municipal and Industrial Report, and 2016 and 2017 water use data can be found on Utah’s Open Water Data site.
Utah Drought Information
State Water Plan – The State Water Plan is being overhauled and an update is expected in 2021.
Ag to M&I Conversion Process
To learn more about the River Planning Section, please contact Rachel Shilton at 801-538-7271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.