The Utah Division of Water Resources is holding its fourth annual “H2Oath: Utah’s Water-Wise Pledge” competition among Utah’s colleges and universities. Also known as the “H2Oath: Water War,” the competition raises awareness for water-wise behavior. The school that gets the most students, faculty, alumni and fans to take the online oath, wins a $5,000 grant to be awarded to the department or program most closely related to water conservation. (more…)
Public comment sought for newly established regional water conservation goals
The State of Utah is seeking public input on newly established regional goals for municipal and industrial (M&I) water conservation. M&I includes residential, commercial, institutional (for example, schools and parks), and industrial water use, and excludes agriculture, mining and power generation. (more…)
Legislative audit finds Water District can repay State for proposed pipeline project
On Aug. 20, the Utah Office of the Legislative Auditor General released an audit that found the Washington County Water Conservancy District (WCWCD) can generate sufficient revenue to repay the state for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline. (View WCWCD’s press release.) (more…)
Quagga mussels not considered a threat to the Lake Powell Pipeline
The State of Utah and its partners have been dealing with quagga mussels for more than a decade and have plans in place to keep mussels from becoming an issue for the Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP).
Stakeholders from four states gather for Drought Contingency Demand Management workshop
Water levels in Utah’s rivers and reservoirs look plentiful now but the scene last fall told a different story when Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency due to drought. (more…)
Water officials sign drought contingency plans at Hoover Dam ceremony
BOULDER CITY, NEV. – Water officials from all seven Colorado River Basin states joined representatives from the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Reclamation May 20 to sign drought contingency plans for the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins. These plans are designed to reduce risks from ongoing drought and protect the Colorado River. (more…)
The Colorado River is a reliable source of water for Utah, says the Utah Division of Water Resources
Falling storage levels at both lakes Powell and Mead have highlighted the potential effects of climate change on the Colorado River, causing some to question its future viability as a reliable water supply source for the state of Utah.
Utah Division of Water Resources posts 2016 and 2017 water-use numbers on Utah’s Open Water Data site
The Utah Division of Water Resources (DWRe) published the state’s 2016 and 2017 water use numbers to Utah’s Open Water Data portal, a public tool designed to increase accessibility and transparency of water use in Utah. The portal can be accessed at https://Water.Utah.Gov/OpenData
Utah Division of Water Resources and UTA Partner to Purchase Property
June 18, 2020 – The Utah Division of Water Resources (DWRe) and UTA have terminated their partnership to jointly acquire property in Box Elder County adjacent to Union Pacific’s existing rail corridor. The partnership was established in December 2018 and was initially beneficial because the division lacked property acquisition experience. The partnership eventually became cumbersome and both parties are moving forward independently.
DWRe is currently looking to acquire property from willing sellers to preserve a corridor for future pipeline alignment options. Construction is not anticipated for about 30 years and is subject to an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act.
The Division and UTA will continue to partner on a surveying contract, which is included in the original scope of work. A contracted right-of-way agent is working on behalf of DWRe.
December 4, 2018 – Utah Division of Water Resources (DWRe) and UTA are partnering to jointly acquire property in Box Elder County adjacent to Union Pacific’s existing rail corridor. (more…)