The Division of Wildlife Resources will host a free firearms seminar on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Green River from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A rivers management plan 18 months in the making will provide some much-needed direction to officials and employees at the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands when it is approved.
The public is invited to attend a public open house regarding management of the Colorado and Green rivers. The Grand County event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 25 at the Grand Center, 182 North and 500 West. An open house in San Juan County is the same time one day earlier at the San Juan County Administration Building, 117 South Main Street in Monticello.
The 27th Annual Moab Car Show comes to town this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 26-28. Preregistration is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Swanny Park. There will also be a hot rod run to Green River for lunch at Ray’s Tavern, which leaves Swanny Park at 10 a.m. Friday. Attendees pay for their own lunch.
Conservation groups sued the Trump administration March 21 to challenge the Interior Department’s decision allowing additional water to be taken from the Green River below Utah’s Flaming Gorge Dam. “The decision was made without a full accounting of reduced Colorado River basin flows or how the region’s persistent drought and climate change could harm endangered species and recreation,” said a press release from the environmental group Living Rivers.
The Bureau of Reclamation and State of Utah held a ceremony Wednesday, March 20 to sign the Green River Water Rights Exchange contract. Under the terms of the arrangement, the state agrees to forbear its right to deplete water from the Green River and its tributaries, enabling the bureau to meet Endangered Species Act flow requirements. In exchange, the State of Utah will receive an equal amount of water released from Flaming Gorge Dam. “The contract provides assistance in meeting flow and temperature requirements for the recovery of endangered fish, and allows Reclamation to continue operations in compliance with the 2006 Record of Decision,” said a press release from the bureau. Federal and state officials completed negotiations on the proposed agreement last year, and Reclamation recently completed a subsequent National Environmental Policy Act review, which resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact. This agreement is specific to the Green River Block of the state’s previously assigned Central Utah Project Ultimate Phase water right. It is not related to the state’s proposed Lake Powell Pipeline project, the press release noted.
The City of Green River and John Wesley Powell River History Museum will open a new river trail with official ribbon cutting ceremony on March 23. The museum will also host a celebration of John Wesley Powell’s Birthday with cake, games, programs and a free day.
Several conservation groups on Tuesday, Feb. 26, issued a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for approving rights-of-way for pipelines and power lines that pave the way for the nation’s first commercial oil shale development. The massive Enefit project in Utah’s Uintah Basin would drain billions of gallons of water from the Green River, threaten endangered species and generate enormous amounts of greenhouse gas pollution, said the groups in a joint statement.