Utah’s Water

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.'
12 days 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.
18 days ago
President Chee shows KSL 5 News photographer the artesian well. (Erin Cox, KSL TV)...
Erin Cox

Water project to bring running water to southern Utah community for the first time

A community in southern Utah has been living for years without running water. Last year, they integrated electricity into their homes, and now they face the challenge of designing a water line around some archaeological sites.
27 days ago
Mike Schultz...
Mike Anderson

Lawmaker promotes water conservation, sustainable farming

A state legislator says he's investing a lot of money into making his farmland more sustainable, and he wants other farmers to know the state can help them do the same.
29 days ago
Great Salt Lake wetlands...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Great Salt Lake trust issues $8.5M to 8 projects seeking to protect lake’s wetlands

The Great Salt Lake Watershed Enhancement Trust announced Tuesday that it is sending a little more than $8.5 million in grant funds over the next two years to help fund projects that seek to preserve wetlands by the Great Salt Lake.
1 month ago
Paul Larsen City Creek Canyon...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Most of City Creek Canyon will close beginning Nov. 1

People who like to hike or bike up City Creek Canyon will need to prepare for a huge closure that will last for three years, starting next week.
2 months ago
Vertical planters...
Mike Anderson

Provo company builds ‘farm of the future’ concept to save water

A startup in Utah County is building farms vertically, and the father-son team said it can save 90% of the water that is otherwise lost.
2 months ago
Dave Eiriksson stands in snow pit....
Carter Williams, KSL.com 

Why weather service says Utah may be in line for another wet winter

Utah could be looking at another moist winter even with a shift in oceanic patterns in play, according to a newly released long-range outlook, which would be good news for the state's water situation and ski resorts if it comes to fruition.
2 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.
2 months ago
The sun sets on the Spiral Jetty...
 Carter Williams, KSL.com

‘It’s basically on us’: Experts, lawmakers weigh what’s next to help ailing Great Salt Lake

Utah water experts agree that Utahns must continue to make changes to how they consume water for communities to avoid consequences tied to the drying Great Salt Lake, which reached an all-time low last year.
2 months ago
Jon Snow, of Springville, launches his boat to do some trout fishing at Strawberry Reservoir on Sep...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

What Utah’s drought, reservoirs look like now after ‘unexpectedly great’ water year

SALT LAKE CITY — Jesse Stewart said he finds himself already thinking about how to possibly manage controlled reservoir releases sometime in the near future, as Utah’s 2024 water begins. It’s an issue that Stewart, Salt Lake City Public Utilities deputy director, couldn’t have imagined dwelling on about this time last year when the state’s […]
2 months ago
Boat heads out on Mantua Reservoir...
Mike Anderson

Pilot program used to clear algal blooms in Mantua

Scientists are working to clear algal blooms from Mantua Reservoir. They're studying a new approach that they say is safe for fish and wildlife and could end up costing taxpayers nothing.
3 months ago
Willard Bay spillway...
Adam Small, KSLNewsRadio

Leonardo DiCaprio speaks up for Great Salt Lake

Just as he’s done for years, Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is promoting awareness of a major environmental issue. This time around, his focus is on Great Salt Lake.
3 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.
3 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.
4 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 […]
4 months ago
Farmington Bay...

A healthy Great Salt Lake could be bad news for mosquitoes, expert says

More water is normally good news for mosquitoes, but if it’s in the Great Salt Lake, it’s the exact opposite. That’s according to Gary Hatch, the Manager of the Davis Mosquito Abatement District.
4 months ago
Summer heat and algae blooms...
Ladd Egan

Hot weather fueling harmful algae growth across Utah

As the summer heat continues in Utah, harmful algae is becoming more of a problem with several county health departments issuing watches and warnings.
4 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. 
5 months ago
Sprinklers water a lawn in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 7, 2021. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox issues his ...
Eliza Pace, Shelby Lofton, and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Outdoor watering restricted in Francis, Utah, due to overuse, pump failure

Francis City, Utah, is asking its residents to stop all outdoor watering while its water levels recover following a pump failure.
5 months ago
The harmful algae in certain parts of the Utah Lake. (KSL TV)...
Ladd Egan

Harmful algal blooms detected at Utah Lake’s Lincoln Beach and Provo Bay

The Utah County Health Department issued warnings for two areas in the southern end of Utah Lake for harmful algal blooms.
5 months ago
Bear Lake's changing blue color...
Mike Anderson

Environmental problems could change the blue at Bear Lake

There might be a change in the usual bright turquoise we're used to seeing at Bear Lake. While it’s a temporary change, it may be a sign of a bigger problem.
5 months ago
Chopper 5 vew of the Great Salt Lake....
Carter Williams, KSL.com

How much did Utah’s record snowpack help the Great Salt Lake?

The lake appears to have maxed out at about 4,194 feet elevation after this year's record snowpack.
5 months ago
River guides and floaters getting ready to go back into the waters. (KSL TV)...
Ladd Egan

‘Super excited’: Provo River back to normal flows just in time for holiday weekend

River guides are calling it perfect timing for the 4th of July holiday weekend after the Provo River suddenly dropped to normal levels.
5 months ago

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