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Wasatch Mountains

Utah’s snowpack levels remain below average

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Officials say snow levels in Utah remain below the state’s typical average despite a wet winter. The Standard-Examiner reports the National Resource Conservation Service says Utah’s snowpack is near normal at 92 percent, compared to 51 percent in 2018. The agency, in its January Utah Climate and Water […]

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Wasatch Mountains

Snowpack levels in Utah much better so far than last year

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Officials say the snowpack levels in Utah’s mountains are about double what they were at the same time last year. Last year was a bad year for the snowpack, leaving the state’s reservoirs low in the summer. The Daily Herald in Provo reports that hydrologist Troy Brosten that […]

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Southern California officials OK Colorado River drought plan

Southern California officials OK Colorado River drought plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California’s largest water wholesaler has approved a drought contingency plan that it hopes will help ensure the drought-stressed Colorado River will supply the Southwest for a decade. General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger says Tuesday’s approval adds the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to water agencies […]

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El Nino teases as Southwestern US remains in drought

El Nino teases as Southwestern US remains in drought

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — National climate experts have been watching and waiting but El Nino has only been teasing, leaving the American Southwest to hang on longer until the weather pattern develops and brings more moisture to the drought-stricken region. Experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction […]

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Vegas-area water managers advance drought plan

Vegas-area water managers advance drought plan

Las Vegas-area water managers have become the first to advance a multi-state drought contingency plan that officials hope will ease the effects of Colorado River water shortages. The Southern Nevada Water Authority board unanimously approved the state’s plan Thursday. It comes ahead of a meeting next month of water users […]

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US states agree on plan to manage overtaxed Colorado River

US states agree on plan to manage overtaxed Colorado River

DENVER (AP) — Seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River say they have reached tentative agreements on how to manage the waterway amid an unprecedented drought. The plans announced Tuesday were a milestone for the river, which supports 40 million people and 6,300 square miles (16,300 […]

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Utah officials meet to address drought conditions

Utah officials meet to address drought conditions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Drought conditions have six counties in Utah declaring emergency disasters, with farmers and ranchers among the hardest-hit. KUTV reports Utah’s Drought Review and Reporting Committee met Monday to discuss expanding the emergency disaster area. Mike Styler, the executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, says […]

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Utah experiencing worst wildfire season in 15 years

Utah experiencing worst wildfire season in 15 years

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The 370 structures burned in Utah wildfires so far this year is more than the previous five years combined and the most in the last 15 years. Structures lost to Utah wildfires in the last five years combined would not reach a third of the […]

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Cities back off perfectly green lawns in low-water summer

Cities back off perfectly green lawns in low-water summer

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Officials in one northern Utah city say they’re easing back on enforcing a green-lawn ordinance while another is restricting when people can use sprinklers in the summer heat during a low-water year. The Standard-Examiner reported Friday that the Benchland Water District in Farmington has prohibited secondary watering on […]

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Parts of Utah could see temps reach 109 amid heat warning

Parts of Utah could see temps reach 109 amid heat warning

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parts of Utah have been placed on an excessive heat warning with temperatures expected to approach 109 degrees this week. The National Weather Service said Monday that an excessive heat warning for Utah’s Dixie and Lake Powell area goes into effect Tuesday to Thursday and […]

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