Utah’s Environment

Moose in swimming pool...
Cary Schwanitz

DWR: You don’t have to report every wildlife encounter

Utah’s mountainous terrain is home to many animals that often wander into lower elevations like neighborhoods.
8 days ago
Liberty Park pond...
Carter Willaims, KSL.com

Why is Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park pond mostly empty?

No, it's not your imagination, the pond at Liberty Park is empty for the first time in years.
13 days ago
Two walking near Great Salt Lake, with dusty air in horizon...
MATTHEW DALY Associated Press

EPA awards grants to monitor air quality in 37 states, including Utah

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded grants for projects to monitor air quality in 37 states, with a focus on minority communities and other areas overburdened by pollution. A total of 132 projects will receive $53 million to enhance air quality monitoring near chemical plants, refineries and other industrial sites. The grants announced Thursday are part of a commitment by the Biden administration to focus on environmental justice in communities adversely affected by decades of industrial pollution. Eight projects being funded are in neighborhoods that EPA Administrator Michael Regan visited last year on what he calls a "Journey to Justice" tour of communities plagued by long-term pollution.
1 month ago
This image shows the growing shoreline of the shrinking Great Salt Lake. (KSL TV)...
Cary Schwanitz

Gov. Cox suspends new water rights in the Great Salt Lake Basin

Gov. Spencer Cox issued a proclamation Thursday that puts new water rights applications on hold in the Great Salt Lake Basin for the time being.
1 month ago
A temperature inversion traps and fills Utah valley with thick smog as seen from Traverse Mountain ...
Brooke Williams

Up to $4,300 offered for Utahns to replace wood stove, fireplace heating

Wood stove and fireplace conversion project opens registration soon for eligible residents to receive financial compensation to upgrade their home heating systems.
1 month ago
A sunrise over Brian Head Resort's Navajo Express on Wednesday. The lift will be in operation Frida...
Carter Williams

Utah ski resort welcomes ‘unprecedented’ early opening as snow piles up

A pair of large snowstorms to launch this snow season is paying off handsomely for a resort in southern Utah.
1 month ago
Students from the Horizonte Instruction and Training Center to visit with Kevin Perry from the Utah...
Mike Anderson

High school students learn about dangers of shrinking Great Salt Lake

Students from the west side of Salt Lake City took a field trip to Antelope Island Thursday to see the expanding lakebed of the Great Salt Lake.
1 month ago
(National Park Service Photo/Neal Herbert)...
Cary Schwanitz

National Geographic puts Utah on its “Best of the World” list

National Geographic has named Utah one of the top 25 most inspiring travel destinations in the world.
1 month ago
An image of the inversion from the east bench of Salt Lake County. (Jed Boal/KSL TV)...
Cary Schwanitz

Air-clearing restrictions on fireplaces begin next week

It’s that time of year again when an unhealthy inversion can leave a cloud of pollution hanging over the Wasatch Front.
1 month ago
The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands has pulled the plug on the state's $6 billion-...
Ashley Imlay

State division pulls plug on Utah Lake Restoration Project proposal

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands has pulled the plug on the state's $6 billion-plus plan to create human-made islands at Utah Lake.
1 month ago
Avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon after first snowfall of the cold season on October 23, 2022. ...
Andrew Adams

Human-triggered avalanche in Little Cottonwood prompts warning

Barely through the first major winter storm of the season to hit the mountains of the Wasatch Front, avalanche forecasters are already warning about the potential avalanche risk following a human-triggered avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon Sunday.
1 month ago
Snow at Solitude...
Ashley Moser

Resorts gear up to welcome skiers, snowboarders in a few weeks

Skiers did not waste time heading up the Mountain to enjoy the first snow of the season at Solitude Mountain Resort. Utah residents Chase Ellett and Rose Holbrook enjoyed an hour out on the slopes Sunday morning.
1 month ago
Rain moves across Salt Lake City on Sept. 21. Salt Lake City entered Friday, the last day of the wa...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

As the 2022 water year comes to a close, how did Utah fare?

Laura Haskell with the Utah Division of Water Resources finds it difficult to describe the 2022 water year because it has been all over the place.
2 months ago
The Shorelines Preserve at the Great Salt Lake (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson

Using stormwater to create wetlands at the Great Salt Lake

The Nature Conservancy will soon be using stormwater to create new wetlands off the shores of the Great Salt Lake.
3 months ago
Bear River Massacre site. (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson

Restoration of Idaho’s Bear River Massacre site may benefit Great Salt Lake

Current efforts to restore the site of the Bear River Massacre could benefit the whole Wasatch Front in a big way.
3 months ago
Smoky skies in Utah on September 9, 2022....
Jed Boal

Smoky skies could be persistent problem in Utah this fall

Most of Utah hasn't had a lot of bad air quality from wildfire smoke this summer, especially compared to last year. But wildfires to the north and west of Utah are now pumping in a lot of smoke. Unfortunately, we could be in for several smoky periods over the next few weeks.
3 months ago
Dan Spindle

Biologist says Great Salt Lake’s ecosystem is near collapse

A biology professor said the Great Salt Lake’s ecosystem is dangerously close to collapsing, creating a risk for all of Utah.
3 months ago
(KSL TV)...
Sean Higgins, KUER 90.1

Critics say the Great Salt Lake Recovery Act pushes more study when action is what’s needed

SALT LAKE CITY — State leaders are optimistic federal legislation that could provide millions in funding to help the shrinking Great Salt Lake will have traction in Washington, but some water advocates in Utah are still not satisfied. The Great Salt Lake Recovery Act was introduced by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Reps. Burgess Owens and Chris […]
4 months ago
This cougar was captured in Murray. The left photo shows him just after being capture. The right si...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Cougar caught in Murray neighborhood; DWR getting several reports of sightings

A cougar hanging around Murray for weeks has officially been released by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources back into the wild.
5 months ago
A look from Chopper 5 shows just how dry feuls are along the Wasatch Front. (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Chopper 5 shows why firefighters are on high alert for Fourth of July weekend

With plenty of dry brush fireworks, and possible thunderstorms, much of the Wasatch Front is primed with the potential for wildfires.
5 months ago
The McFarland family farm in Weber County is dealing with rising costs for fuel, chemicals and mate...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Weber County family farm fights through herbicide shortages, drought, rising costs

A shortage of chemicals found in herbicides is putting even more rising costs on the backs of Utah farmers, in an already difficult year.
5 months ago
Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News & Dan Spindle, KSL TV

Can this technology be an answer to farmland water use in the West?

Utah's serious water shortage is forcing the agriculture community to change their ways. And it could change the future of farming across the state. KSL's Dan Spindle traveled to Emery County to see one high-tech solution in action.
6 months ago
Great Salt Lake Rowing Club on the lake. (Credit: Ray Boone)...
Ray Boone, KSL TV

‘It’s just idyllic’: Great Salt Lake Rowing Club plows ahead, despite low water levels

Rowing may not be the first spot that comes to mind when you think of popular recreation spots in Utah, but one enthusiastic group is working to change that perception.
6 months ago
The rules are already set for when it's ok to set off fireworks for two holidays in Utah this July....
Ladd Egan, KSL TV

New maps show where fireworks are restricted this summer

With the start of summer comes concern over fireworks as cities work to fine-tune their fireworks restriction maps.
6 months ago
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