Snowpack in Utah got off to a good start for the second year in a row, according to Jordan Clayton, a supervisor and data collection officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service.
Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus was among several other mayors representing cities in the West to urge Congress to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. A group called the Mountain Pact hosted a press call Tuesday, Dec. 10 with Western mayors to urge Congress to take action for the 2020 federal budget. On the call, speakers discussed how the Trump administration’s proposal to zero out funding for LWCF in the FY20 budget is hurting public lands and Western communities
The Bureau of Reclamation seeks public input on alternatives to reduce salinity in the Colorado River from sources in the Paradox Valley in western Colorado. Currently, the Paradox Valley Unit in Montrose County, Colorado, is intercepting naturally occurring brine and injecting it 16,000 feet underground via a deep injection well.
The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for the Lake Powell Pipeline Project, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Interior Department officials seek public comment on the scope of the environmental documents. This is the first step in the public scoping process, according to the Bureau of Reclamation.
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 Lake Powell and other infested waters to other Utah waterbodies.
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 million in water marketing planning activities, according to a press release from the agency.
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 Gary R. Herbert has officially rescinded the 2018 executive order that declared a statewide emergency due to drought.
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.
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 “equal protection under the law,” as the Constitution reads. As such, changing local churches’ billing structures will be no trivial feat and could cost the city a hefty consulting fee to accomplish, if officials choose to do so.
Many local churches’ sewer bills increased dramatically last year, most more than doubling, after the City of Moab changed the formula it uses to bill customers. Since then, leaders of Moab’s faith communities have been attempting to get city leaders to adjust the formula, since they say the price increase is not associated with any actual increase in their sewer usage.
The Bureau of Reclamation Aug. 15 released its Colorado River Basin August 2019 24-month study, which sets the annual operations for Lake Mead and Lake Powell in 2020. Based on projections in the 24-month study, Lake Mead will operate in the “normal” or “surplus” condition range in calendar year 2020. Lake Powell will operate in a range called “upper elevation balancing tier” in the 2020 water year, which is Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020.
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.