Energy & Environment

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has a long-term goal to power all of city government operations with clean, carbon-free energy. She’s moving closer to achieving that goal with a new solar initiative.

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A team of Utah-based scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey has come up with a new way of measuring Colorado River flows. It helps answer a big question for the West: How much water flows down the river as it leaves Utah?

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Stephanie Duer, Salt Lake City’s water guru, sums up the state’s water challenges this way: “If there was a single solution, we all would be doing it now and this problem would be solved.”

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So much water‘s been pumped out of the Cedar Valley that the ground surface and the water table are sinking, and the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District has spent years tracking down new ways to get water to the people of Cedar Valley.

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The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce is embracing the challenge of bringing clean energy and clean air to local communities nationwide. It’s part of a national initiative by a group called “Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy” that focuses on the business benefits of a healthy environment.

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The idea’s been debated at the U for several years: that it’s time to stop investing in companies selling the products behind the rapid changes in global climate. On Tuesday, The University of Utah’s Academic Senate joined more than 500 organizations worldwide in pressing university leaders to divest from fossil-fuel companies.

Washington County Water Conservancy District

The Lake Powell Pipeline would haul Utah’s last big share of Colorado River water uphill from Lake Powell, bring it halfway across the state and deliver it to fast-growing Kane and Washington Counties.

Kevin Lewis / Idaho River United

A scenic stretch of the Bear River just north of the Utah line has been eyed for years as the proposed site for the Bear River Narrows Dam.

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The rumored plans for a new national monument in southeastern Utah have prompted a state panel to call for an investigation. Members of Utah’s Constitutional Defense Council are asking the governor’s office and the attorney general to look into the organizations fighting over the proposal for the Bears Ears national monument.

Alicia Geesman

The billion-dollar cleanup at the old Atlas uranium mill site marked the halfway point a few months ago. But this week a possible slowdown became a certainty.

Nick Woolley/Backcountry Post

The U.S. Interior Department is doling out almost $95 million dollars for recreation and conservation projects, but Utah might be challenged to come up with matching funds so it can tap the state’s share.

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Red Butte Creek is flowing but not gushing the way it normally would be in mid-spring.

Rocky Mountain Power Breaks Ground On New Solar Plant

Apr 21, 2016
Rocky Mountain Power

Rocky Mountain Power broke ground on its new 20-megawatt solar power plant in Holden, Utah on Thursday.

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Dozens of people attended a hearing at the State Capitol on Wednesday wearing t-shirts that said: “Protect Bears Ears.”

Tami Heilemann / U.S. Department of the Interior

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered a kind of public-lands manifesto in Washington on Tuesday and mentioned Utah while talking about the “course correction” she envisions for the nation’s conservation strategy.

Michael Hadley / Courtesy: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The Utah Cutthroat Slam puts a spotlight on the four types trout that are native to Utah lakes and streams. It’s a unique partnership between the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the conservation group, Trout Unlimited.

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The fight over wilderness in Utah has dragged on for so long that lawyers are scrambling to gather important testimony before key witnesses pass away.

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What would happen to life in the West if the water flowing into streams and reservoirs shrinks by a quarter of what we've come to expect?

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News reports nationwide about lead in drinking water have Utahns wondering whether dangerous levels of contamination could happen here.

Jordan River Commission

Walkers and bikers who use the Jordan River Parkway Trail will soon be able to travel its entire length uninterrupted by cross streets.

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April 1 usually marks the time when Utah’s snow accumulation is at its height, and this year looks remarkably -- and happily -- typical.

Community leaders announced a new coalition Wednesday to deal with climate change. The Utah Climate Action Network is focused on mainstreaming the reality of climate change, avoiding the risks it poses and sharing practical solutions to its impacts.

Salt Lake City is one of 54 cities nationwide that’s throwing its support behind the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan in a legal brief filed Friday at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Two inches might not sound like much. But when you’re the states’ largest home-builder and you’re adding two extra inches of insulation to the outside walls of all the new homes you’re building, it adds up to big energy savings – and less air pollution.

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The 21st Annual Stegner Symposium got underway Wednesday with a keynote speech about the small ways communities can tackle the big environmental problems of our time.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated last week that the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon had caused nearly $6 million in damage, but Utah friends and family of the occupiers are disputing those claims.  

U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey usually excludes earthquakes caused by mining in its periodic hazard maps. But, on Monday, the federal agency published a new analysis of hotspots in the central and eastern parts of the country where mining is likely to cause enough ground-shaking to damage buildings sometime this year.

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Utah lawmakers created the Constitutional Defense Council years ago to coordinate various battles with the federal government over issues like backcountry roads, a lands-transfer, and imperiled species like wolves and sage grouse.

First Solar Ready Vets Graduate At Hill Air Force Base

Mar 25, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A group of veterans at Hill Air Force Base has become the first to graduate from a new Department of Energy job training program. KUER’s Brian Grimmett reports.

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Environmental groups announced a federal lawsuit this week over coal-ash at Rocky Mountain Power’s Huntington power plant in Emery County.

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