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    State inspects 300K boats in ’19 to help prevent spread of mussels

    Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and State Parks personnel were busy during the 2019 boating season, completing almost 300,000 boat inspections in an effort to prevent invasive quagga mussels from spreading from...

    Feds award $2M for water marketing strategies

    The Bureau of Reclamation Nov. 13 announced awards totaling $2 million to 10 projects to establish or expand water markets or water marketing activities. When non-federal cost-share contributions are included, these projects will accomplish more than $4.6...

    Mike Lee, SITLA director defend trust’s mission

    If public schools benefit first, where does that leave everyone else? At a recent roundtable discussion concerning the topic of public lands, David Ure, the director of the Utah...

    Governor rescinds 2018 emergency drought declaration

    A strong water year has put an end to Utah’s severe drought conditions in the estimation of state officials. As a result, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has officially rescinded the 2018 executive order that declared a statewide...

    Over 2,700 boats inspected at Lake Powell Labor Day weekend to prevent spread of quagga mussels

    Law enforcement officers, biologists and technicians for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources had a busy Labor Day weekend, working to prevent invasive quagga mussels from spreading. A total of 2,766 boats were inspected...

    Changing churches’ sewer fees could be costly

    The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in conjunction with state laws, generally requires that municipalities like the City of Moab establish justifications for its taxation and fees for the sake of...

    Churches looking for adjustments regarding sewer usage calculations

    Landscaping water being charged at sewer rate Many local churches’ sewer bills increased dramatically last year, most more than doubling, after the City of Moab changed the formula it...

    Basin experiencing worst drought in 20 years, despite ’19 snowpack

    The Bureau of Reclamation Aug. 15 released its Colorado River Basin August 2019 24-month study...

    USGS confirms valley water budget

    New study overturns old assumptions 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...

    How water ends up in Moab

    It starts in the La Sals, but the middle steps are vital A recently finalized study by the U.S. Geological Survey has corroborated state estimates for Moab’s water budget,...

    Latest News

    Quirks skew Grand’s COVID tally

    When a visitor in such situations tests positive, where should that case be marked? Should it be marked where they tested positive, or their place of residence?

    The Market on Center

    A new type of farmers market is happening in Moab this summer, and it began on July 23. Dubbed “The Market on Center,” it includes vendors selling food and produce, artisan creations and other items.

    Domestic travel not replacing global visits

    The overall figures for 2020, not just the month of June, are more striking.

    CNY flights more empty than full

    The numbers align with anecdotes from businesses of seeing more Texas and California license plates than typical.

    Abandoned mine reclamation project could begin this fall

    The closure methods include masonry walls, steel grates, rebar barricade and earthen backfill.