Utah Drought 2021

The East Bench of Salt Lake City receives a dusting of snow the morning of May 9, 2022. (Jed Boal/K...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Drought coordinator: Hold off on watering; consult the weekly lawn watering guide

The cool, wet spring Utah is having is exactly what the state needs in the midst of this historic drought. The wet weather won’t really make a dent in the drought, but it can help everyone save water, if we take advantage of it.
13 days ago
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Eliza Pace, KSL TV

Ogden mayor declares severe water shortage

Effective immediately, Mike Caldwell, Ogden City Mayor, has signed a declaration of severe water shortage. 
18 days ago
Weber State University has replaced grass and plants with xeriscaping at several areas of campus. (...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Weber State University saves 50 million gallons of water a year, more savings planned

Weber State University has cut water usage by about 30% thanks to an ambitious water conservation plan.
1 month ago
Chopper 5 shows just how much of the Great Salt Lake has evaporated. (KSL TV)...
Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News and Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Could Utah children help shape the destiny of the ailing Great Salt Lake?

To save the Great Salt Lake is to know its worth. To know its worth is to be educated about why it matters.
1 month ago
Satellite imagery of Sand Hallow taken June 2021. (Nearmap)...
Eliza Pace, KSL TV

Aerial imagery reveals the grim reality of ongoing drought in Utah

Aerial images provided by Nearmap, an aerial imagery company, show before and after photos of local reservoirs with receding shorelines: more evidence of the dire drought conditions that plague the state of Utah.
1 month ago
Sprinklers water a lawn in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 7, 2021. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox issues his ...
Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL TV

Salt Lake City, County focus on water conservation as peak-demand season starts

Both Salt Lake City and County are focusing on water conservation as peak-demand season begins after a less-than-average winter snowpack and as drought conditions persist.
1 month ago
The 2021 spring runoff is already underway. (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Utah spring runoff begins weeks early

With high winds and snow forecasted through Wednesday, Utah climatologists said the spring runoff has already started and that can make for a longer dry season.
1 month ago
Layton homeowner Gene Martinez ripped out his lawn because he knew it won't survive tough water res...
Matt Rascon, KSL TV

Northern Utah homeowner tears out lawn after tough water restrictions put in place

Amid the state’s ongoing drought, the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District announced its toughest water restrictions yet, prompting some homeowners to tear out their yards.
2 months ago
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Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Boaters may be surprised by the drought-caused new shoreline on Jordanelle Reservoir

Jordanelle Reservoir prepares for a busy season, although the water levels are significantly lower than previous years.
2 months ago
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Jed Boal, KSL TV

Salt Lake County launches Water Summit to combat drought

Salt Lake County launched a Water Summit Tuesday to focus on critical issues facing all Utahns during the drought.
2 months ago
Linda Townes Cook, public information manager for the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District....
Jed Boal, KSL TV

How to make water conservation part of your yard work plan

With the arrival of much warmer temperatures, plenty of Utahns have gardening and yard work on their minds for the weekend.  It’s a good time for preparation, but water conservation needs to be part of every plan we make.
2 months ago
Hydrologists with 
NRCS Utah
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Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Measuring snowpack near Powder Mountain, experts say conditions look grim

Even with a decent snowpack this winter, 97% of Utah remains in extreme or severe drought and Utah’s statewide snowpack is average in the mid-to-high 80 percentile.
2 months ago
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John Hollenhorst, KSL TV

Lake Powell’s losing streak: Will the odds ever change?  

After two decades of drought, Utah's most popular boating area has just dipped below a critical threshold. Lake Powell's historically low level is raising worries for boaters as well as for millions of people who depend on the Glen Canyon Dam for electricity.
2 months ago
FILE: Quagga mussels. (Utah DWR)...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Drought will delay mussel decontamination, limit access to ramps at Lake Powell this year  

Water managers expected the drought to get worse this year as the snowpack has been disappointing again and reservoir levels remained at or set record low levels. 
3 months ago
In this aerial view, low water levels are visible at Lake Powell on June 24, 2021 in Lake Powell, U...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Study: Current drought will match duration of 1500s megadrought this year

The Western United States is experiencing its driest conditions in 1,200 years and the drought likely will not end soon according to a new study released Monday.
3 months ago
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Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Utah drought situation improves slightly but many more storms needed 

The Utah Department of Natural Resources said this week’s storms gave the state slight hope for the rest of the water year but a dry November did set us back.
5 months ago
Tuesday nights storm provided a major recharge for our water resources. (KSL TV)...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Wet snow from recent storm benefits Utah reservoirs

The overnight snowstorm delivered exactly what Utah desperately needed across most of the state.  
5 months ago
Hardware Ranch canceled the annual sleigh rides because the drought led to a hay shortage. (KSL TV ...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Hardware Ranch sleigh rides canceled for second straight year 

The drought has brought at least one Utah winter tradition to a halt. Managers at Hardware Ranch in Cache Valley, have canceled sleigh rides. 
6 months ago
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Peter Rosen, KSL TV

Cities or farms: Who gets the water?

A University of Utah economist says the state, which is trying to recover from severe drought, has enough water to deal with a growing population, if we just make some changes — difficult changes that probably won’t be popular with farmers.
7 months ago
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Jed Boal, KSL TV

August rains improve soil moisture in Utah

The water year in Utah comes to an end this week, and there’s not a lot to celebrate, but there is a little bit of hopeful news in the midst of this extreme drought — Utah’s soil moisture is now better than it was a year ago.
8 months ago
Local landscapers pitch in to help the Utah Division of Water Resources flip the strips at four dif...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Officials flip the parking strips of four Salt Lake County homes

As the drought intensified over the summer, many Utahns made adjustments in their landscapes to save water. The state helped set an example Tuesday by flipping the parking strip for four eager homeowners in Salt Lake County.
8 months ago
After more than 100 farmers gathered outside the USDA Service Center last week, the office was shut...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Southeast Idaho farmers struggle to seek drought help amid USDA firings

Dozens of Idaho farmers say the sudden firing of two local USDA office employees couldn't come at a worse time.
8 months ago
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Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Low water levels uncover old cars in Hyrum Reservoir

Low water levels at Hyrum Reservoir have revealed more than a dozen cars that officials said were dumped in the 1950s to help strengthen the reservoir’s shoreline.
9 months ago
Jason McHann stopped watering his lawn and only watered vital, useful plants. (KSL TV)...
Matt Gephardt & Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

Yellow doesn’t mean dead: City warns of fines for not watering

Yellow is the new green this summer with lawns. But when West Valley City code enforcement officers showed up saying a resident’s lawn was too yellow, he called Matt Gephardt to investigate.
9 months ago
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