Since U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologist C. T. Sumsion completed the first comprehensive study of Moab’s groundwater system in 1971, the scientific understanding of how much water flows through the local watershed has changed dramatically—specifically, by 30% to 40%—in the wake of a recently finalized groundwater study also by the USGS.
A recently finalized study by the U.S. Geological Survey has corroborated state estimates for Moab’s water budget, the amount of consumable groundwater that passes through the valley each year. Melissa Masbruch, a USGS hydrologist and the lead author on the study, overturned many big assumptions from the previous groundwater study in 1971, led by USGS hydrologist C.T. Sumsion, including the path that groundwater travels as it makes its way from the La Sal Mountains into the underlying valley.
Two pedestrians, one male and one female, were struck by a car and killed on Main Street near Kane Creek Boulevard as they were crossing the street Thursday night at 9:00 p.m.
Eyewitnesses who were mere feet away from a side-by-side that veered off Sand Flats Road near Rotary Park on Thursday afternoon said that the vehicle plowed through a vinyl fence, a small tree and a metal fence before skidding to a halt roughly 500 feet away.
Wednesday night’s tractor-trailer versus passenger vehicle crash on Highway 191 occurred during a pursuit with law enforcement, according to Grand County Sheriff’s Lt. Kim Neal.
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District said a Moab woman in her 50s has contracted the less severe form of West Nile virus. Manager Libby Nance in an email said the woman, who lives south of town, was diagnosed at a clinic in Moab, which was confirmed by the Utah Department of Health.
A long-awaited study from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that the availability of groundwater in the Moab valley is significantly less than a study from 1971—the most recent study investigating the size of the area’s watershed.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources recently hosted an event near Ken’s Lake that allowed members of the public to watch biologists at work as they captured, studied and released local bats. This short video shows more about the process.
During a football practice on Thursday, Aug. 15, a Grand County High School Red Devils player was injured during play and taken off the field in an ambulance.
This report details what it will take for the Change of Form of Government Study Committee’s optional plan to go to a vote in 2019. This related story has details on the final version of the plan that the committee passed.
Following a report from The Times-Independent on Aug. 8 regarding tests on local mosquitoes that showed positive for West Nile virus, Moab Mosquito Abatement District Manager Libby Nance said that she would sue The T-I over what she said was “false” reporting that, she said, “defamed” her.
Moab locals recently got an opportunity to watch wildlife biologists catch, study and release local bats as part of an effort to keep tabs on the local bat population and its health.