Energy & Environment
3:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Park City Native Plant Sale Aims to Reduce Water Consumption

Wasatch penstemon in bloom on May 31, 2014 in Salt Lake County
Utah Native Plant Society

The annual native plant sale takes place Saturday morning at Recycle Utah in Park City. Organizers say replacing that Kentucky bluegrass with Wasatch penstemon will help conserve water - an increasingly valuable resource in Utah.

Utah is the second largest consumer of water per person in the nation, and Utahns use about two-thirds of that water on lawns and landscapes.  Executive Director of Park City Conservation Association Insa Riepen says that’s an irresponsible and unnecessary use of a valuable resource.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:09 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

How Much Water is Your Sprinkler Wasting?

Utah is the second largest consumer of water per person in the nation, but Utah State University Extension is offering a program to help people cut down on wasted water by getting a free sprinkler check.

According to USU, about two-thirds of water in private homes is used on lawns and landscapes. 40 percent of that water is wasted, says Molly Waters, the university’s water check program manager.

“Water is wasted in the landscape through things as simple as watering too long, or too frequently, to having major breaks that you don’t know about,” Waters says.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:57 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Water Conservation Coalition Calls for Audit of Utah Division of Water Resources

Gooseberry Reservoir in Sanpete County, Utah
Credit Bob Nelson

A broad coalition of water conservation groups is calling for a legislative audit of the Utah Division of Water Resources. The partnership includes Living Rivers, the Taxpayer Association of Kane County and Glen Canyon Institute. Zack Frankel is the executive director of Utah Rivers Council which is also part of the coalition.

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-KUER News Pod
12:33 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday June 10, 2013

The effort to pump water from Utah to Las Vegas heads to court, the University of Utah names a new dean of graduate studies, and the number of Mormon missionaries reaches an all-time high.

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-KUER News Pod
11:33 am
Wed May 29, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 29, 2013

A new report shows that Salt Lake City women are regularly concerned about their safety, a West Valley City councilman joins the mayoral race, and government and environmental leaders discuss the future of the Colorado river.

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KUER Local News
4:45 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Provo Reservoir Canal Enclosure and Trail Completed

Brian Grimmett

Local leaders celebrated the completion today of the Provo Reservoir Canal Enclosure, one of the most significant water projects in Utah. The celebration comes after nearly two decades of planning, negotiating and hard work from several of the Wasatch Front’s major water districts and local governments. But the project isn’t without some loose ends.

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-KUER News Pod
11:34 am
Thu April 4, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday April 4, 2013

Intermountain Health Care is fined more than $25 million dollars, Governor Herbert won’t be signing a water agreement with Nevada, and the USDA targets poverty in Southeast Utah.

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-KUER News Pod
2:42 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday March 29, 2013

Governor Herbert says he’s close to a decision about the Snake Valley water agreement, the Utah Foundation addresses the conflict between education and transportation, and the Department of Corrections gets a new executive director.

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5:15 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Water Tax Bill Gets Stuck in Committee

File: Rotunda of Utah Capitol
Brian Grimmett

The Senate Revenue and Taxation committee chose not to move on a bill that would have allowed the state to tax water usage.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:09 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

BLM Approves Las Vegas Water Pipeline

Delamar Valley, Nevada
Kristi Fillman

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced its approval Thursday for a 300-mile pipeline from the interior valleys of the Great Basin to Las Vegas.  The pipeline would be used to carry more than 84,000 acre-feet of water pumped from underground aquifers each year.  The project is opposed by environmental groups, ranchers, local government officials and Native American tribes in both Nevada and Utah.

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KUER Local News
12:07 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday December 12, 2012

Salt Lake County residents voice their complaints about a proposed tax hike, Salt Lake City welcomes immigrants, and a former state legislator switches parties.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:11 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Governor Urged to Renegotiate on Snake Valley Water

Sprinklers irrigate a hay field in Snake Valley
Dan Bammes

A coalition of ranchers, environmentalists and political leaders sent a letter to Governor Gary Herbert, asking him not to sign a deal worked out with the state of Nevada to divide water rights in the Snake Valley.  Steve Erickson represents the Great Basin Water Network.  He says the deal worked out three years ago should be scrapped and the states should negotiate a new one.

"We have plenty of time to do further science and assess the potential damages from this project before we sign on the bottom line," Erickson told reporters at the Utah state capitol.

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KUER Local News
11:48 am
Tue December 11, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday December 11, 2012

The Utah Transit Authority makes some major schedule changes, the Utah Division of Water Quality finalizes its work on the Red Butte Creek oil spill, and a new study shows how Utah could benefit from the Missouri river.

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KUER Local News
11:42 am
Mon November 19, 2012

KUER News Pod: Monday November 19, 2012

The U.S. Interior Department triggers a high-flow release at Glen Canyon Dam, Dixie State College continues its search for a new name, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival receives its largest cash donation ever.

Environment & Public Lands
9:46 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Salazar to Trigger Controlled Flood at Glen Canyon Dam

Jet tubes release water from Glen Canyon Dam during a 2008 high-flow experiment.
David Walsh, Bureau of Reclamation

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is expected to make an appearance just south of Utah’s border at Glen Canyon Dam Monday.  Salazar will be there to trigger a controlled flood from Utah’s Lake Powell into Arizona’s Glen and Grand Canyons, the first high-flow release conducted at that dam since 2008. 

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KUER Local News
10:56 am
Wed November 14, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 14, 2012

KUER Local News
11:27 am
Tue August 7, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday August 7, 2012

Utah’s Democratic Party appeals a nearly $15,000 records fee, the Southern Nevada Water Authority threatens a lawsuit against Utah, and state health officials confirm the first human case of West Nile Virus.

Environment & Public Lands
9:41 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Setting New Standards for the Great Salt Lake

A sailboat glides through the placid Great Salt Lake
Dan Bammes

The Utah Division of Water Quality has begun a long-term project to set new pollution standards for the Great Salt Lake.  The lake contains significant levels of toxic pollutants such as arsenic, lead, selenium and mercury, among other things.  Jeff Ostermiller, the chief of the Water Quality Management Section at the division, says some of that comes from industries surrounding the lake.  But he says there are many other sources as well, including urban runoff from streets along the Wasatch Front.

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