Utah’s Drought

The Glen Canyon Dam holds back the waters of Lake Powell in Page, Arizona, on July 18, 2022. Lake P...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Here’s how much Lake Powell is expected to rise this year

Lake Powell is expected to receive a decent bump in the coming months, but experts say it still has a "long way to go" after years of drought.
24 days ago
Jordanelle Reservoir. 12/19/2033 (Michael Jefferson)...
Eliza Pace

Utah’s water conditions, including snowpack, look ‘optimistic,’ experts say

Storms from January have increased snowpack levels and Utah's water supply shows signs of "resilience and abundance."
2 months ago
Utah Lake water release...
Alex Cabrero

Utah Lake release sends 300 million gallons of water a day into the Great Salt Lake

The Utah Lake control gates in Saratoga Springs opened Thursday morning to release water into the Great Salt Lake.
2 months ago
The snow northern Utah finally got the past few weeks put us in a comfortable spot, according to th...
Alex Cabrero

Snowpack totals are in a ‘comfortable spot’ for northern Utah

Northern Utah's snowpack is in a good spot, but state water officials are worried about southern part of the state.
3 months ago
Brock Peery and his daughter Berkley, 6, walk back to their car during a snowstorm in Salt Lake Cit...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Utah research may change everything we know about snowfall

A new study led by University of Utah researchers offers new insight into how and why snowflakes fall the way they do.
4 months ago
During a possible drought in Southwest Utah, Washington County Water Conservatory said its infrastr...
Alex Cabrero

Washington County: Infrastructure will remedy possible drought in southwest Utah

During a possible drought in southwest Utah, Washington County Water Conservatory said its infrastructure ensures drinking water is safe, but conservation should still always be part of life in the desert.
4 months ago
Utah ski resorts need snow or cold temperatures to make snow. Here a worker checks a lift at Cherry...
Mike Anderson and Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

Final resorts preparing to open for Utah ski season

It's cold in Utah and that's good news for ski resorts, including Cherry Peak where they are getting ready to fire up the snow machines. Unfortunately the warm spell Utah just had made things tough up there.
4 months ago
A bird flies over the Great Salt Lake as seen from Antelope Island at sunset on Monday, June 5, 202...
Dan Rascon and Mary Culbertson, KSL TV

West Jordan water district offers locals help amid Great Salt Lake water crisis

Jordan Valley Water Conservative District is working to improve water conservation for cities, developers, and local residents to help improve Utah's water crisis problem, after Salt Lake City's population boom.
4 months ago
An irrigation control wheel to allow or prevent water from running through ditches...
Dan Rascon and Larry D. Curtis

Great Salt Lake: Utah farmers adapting to survive drought, changing water laws

According to the USDA, more than 500 Utah farms went out of business between 2017 and 2022 while Utah goes through decades of drought. New Utah laws change a long-standing policy of 'use it or lose it.'
5 months ago
meetinghouse landscaping...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Church implements ‘important’ landscape pilot program to cut water use

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has redesigned the landscape outside six of its Utah meetinghouses and is working to complete a seventh as it seeks to move forward with new conservation goals first outlined last year at the height of the state's severe drought.
5 months ago
Elevation 10,759 feet sign in snow...
Alex Cabrero

Utah’s high elevations, and some people, welcome October snow

Yes, snow. At the top of Mirror Lake Highway at Bald Mountain, it is already looking like winter.
6 months ago
A man skateboards with an umbrella as it rains in Salt Lake City on Aug. 22. Utah water officials s...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

How impactful have this year’s monsoons been for Utah’s water supply?

Utah's monsoon season is slowly winding down, but not before leaving an impact on Utah's reservoirs in various ways.
7 months ago
Jordanelle Reservoir near 90% of capacity...
Carter Williams, KSL.com and Ladd Egan, KSL TV

As Utah’s meteorological summer closes on a wet note, what’s in store for fall?

What started as a particularly dry summer in Utah, after a record-breaking snow collection season, has quickly changed over the past few weeks, and that trend could continue into fall, according to a long-range forecast published last week.
8 months ago
A woman and her children play in the Virgin River on June 10, 2022. The Washington County Water Con...
Logan Stefanich, KSL.com

Here’s how Washington County plans to meet a growing demand for water

ST. GEORGE — An influx of people to a region can be closely tied to increased water demand, regardless of whether there’s supply in place to meet that demand. This is undoubtedly true for Washington County, one of the fastest-growing areas in Utah and the nation. A 2022 report from the U.S. Census Bureau said […]
8 months ago
This undated image provided by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, pinyon pine and juniper trees...
Sam Metz, Associated Press

Environmentalists sue to stop Utah potash mine that produces sought-after crop fertilizer

Environmentalists have filed a lawsuit to prevent the construction of a new potash mine they say would devastate a western Utah lake's ecosystem.
9 months ago
Great Salt Lake pelicans...
Shelby Lofton

Pelicans are disappearing from the Great Salt Lake

Pelicans are large, smelly, and sometimes mean birds. They like to be left alone and undisturbed. 
9 months ago
Gunnison Reservoir...
Alex Cabrero

Farmers relieved Gunnison Reservoir recovered from 0% water level

You would hardly recognize Gunnison Reservoir this summer if you saw what it looked like two years ago.
10 months ago
Silver Lake Flat Reservoir...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Utah’s reservoir capacity soars past 80%. Here’s which ones are now full

Utah reservoir levels are in a better place with summer around the corner than last year as what's left of the record-breaking snowpack melts.
10 months ago
Great Salt Lake dust...
Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News

Are Utahns worried about Great Salt Lake after record snowpack?

A Deseret News poll shows concern remains strong, but slightly diminished in light of snowpack.
10 months ago
The Great Salt Lake on Wednesday. Utah researchers say the lake may end up gaining 6 feet between N...
Adam Small, KSL NewsRadio

Great Salt Lake brine shrimp population increases as lake reaches healthy levels

The brine shrimp industry is breathing a sigh of relief thanks to the rising water level of the Great Salt Lake.
10 months ago
One of the boats being lowered into the Great Salt Lake marina by crane. (KSL TV)...
Dan Rascon

Boats return to Great Salt Lake waters after years of drought

An exciting and long anticipated day at the Great Salt Lake Marina as dozens of large boats finally got back into the water on Tuesday.
10 months ago
Falls in the Ogden Waterfall Canyon Trail...
Mike Anderson

Heavy runoff restoring scenery after years of drought

While the heavy runoff has brought some flood damage, it has also restored some of the scenery we've lost over several years of drought.
11 months ago
FILE - People attend a news conference on Lake Mead at Hoover Dam, April 11, 2023, near Boulder Cit...
Associated Press

Arizona, California and Nevada propose water cuts from Colorado River to avert forced cuts

Arizona, California and Nevada on Monday proposed a deal to significantly cut their water use from the drought-stricken Colorado River over the next three years.
11 months ago
Willard Bay spillway...
Mike Anderson

The Great Salt Lake getting billions of gallons of water

The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District opened up a spillway Thursday that is now releasing billions of gallons of water into the Great Salt Lake.
11 months ago

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