Utah Water Science Center RSS feed of news related to Utah Water Science Center https://www.usgs.gov/ en Saline Lakes Stakeholder Workshop Meeting Materials https://www.usgs.gov/special-topics/saline-lakes-ecosystems-integrated-water-availability-assessment/news/saline-lakes?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>In fall 2022, the Saline Lakes Team held three two-day virtual workshops to identify stakeholder science priorities for the Great Basin terminal lakes and their watersheds.</p> Mon, 6 Feb 2023 15:46:31 EST skemp@usgs.gov 514f1277-507a-4d03-a80d-888545aed6b5 skemp@usgs.gov (skemp@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey New one-stop shop webpage for all things Great Salt Lake https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/new-one-stop-shop-webpage-all-things-great-salt-lake?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A timely new website, funded by the Great Salt Lake Advisory Council and USGS, brings information about the effects of Great Salt Lake levels on different natural resources into one location with the Great Salt Lake Hydro Mapper.</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2022 12:00:25 EDT mlubeck@usgs.gov 621ffb3d-da8d-449b-ab68-5fa3f72b9318 mlubeck@usgs.gov (mlubeck@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Great Salt Lake Level Falls Below Historic Low Measured in October 2021 https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/great-salt-lake-level-falls-below-historic-low-measured-october-2021?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>SALT LAKE CITY — On July 3, the level of Great Salt Lake dropped below the October 2021 historic low elevation.</p> Tue, 5 Jul 2022 17:20:11 EDT ccollett@usgs.gov 91fd312d-a0ab-4ba7-90a9-feb7dce3c1ea ccollett@usgs.gov (ccollett@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey History of Lake Powell Written in Sediment https://www.usgs.gov/news/science-snippet/history-lake-powell-written-sediment?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Declining water levels in Lake Powell since 2000 provide a unique opportunity to study the sediments along previous shorelines. Researchers from the University of Utah, U.S. Geological Survey, and Utah State University recorded the changes in deposits, which informs understanding of hydrologic systems and the effects of reservoirs.</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2022 16:39:46 EDT amims.detail@usgs.gov 154bb31a-bdc4-4524-9f2e-6169b0715de9 amims.detail@usgs.gov (amims.detail@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Lake Powell’s storage capacity updated for first time since 1986 https://www.usgs.gov/news/national-news-release/lake-powells-storage-capacity-updated-first-time-1986?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>SALT LAKE CITY – A new report released today and compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) provides updated information on Lake Powell’s storage capacity.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2022 17:49:18 EDT ccollett@usgs.gov 0a1accd7-6053-4675-854a-118513e070cd ccollett@usgs.gov (ccollett@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Groundwater Flow to Colorado River May Decline by a Third over Next 30 Years https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/groundwater-flow-colorado-river-may-decline-third-over-next-30-years?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A new study projects that a hot and dry future climate may lead to a 29% decline in Upper Colorado River Basin “baseflow” at the basin outlet by the 2050s, affecting both people and ecosystems.</p> Thu, 28 Oct 2021 11:30:00 EDT ccollett@usgs.gov f770984a-04d4-487c-9fb4-fb85a201bfd3 ccollett@usgs.gov (ccollett@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Media Alert: New Flood Warning Gage in Pack Creek near Moab Utah https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/media-alert-new-flood-warning-gage-pack-creek-near-moab-utah?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A new rapid deployment U.S. Geological Survey flood warning gage has been installed in Pack Creek, 9 miles southeast of Moab, Utah, below the June 2021 wildfire burn area.</p> Fri, 3 Sep 2021 07:15:00 EDT ccollett@usgs.gov 43992a6a-97e6-4669-9523-7365b68e787e ccollett@usgs.gov (ccollett@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Great Salt Lake Reaches New Historic Low https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/great-salt-lake-reaches-new-historic-low?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The southern portion of the Great Salt Lake is at a new historic low, with average daily water levels dropping about an inch below the previous record set in 1963, according to U.S. Geological Survey information collected at the SaltAir gauge location.  </p> Sat, 24 Jul 2021 06:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov cbc7eadd-e9df-47be-a7eb-e963f4268dca jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Great Salt Lake May Reach Historic Low Soon https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/great-salt-lake-may-reach-historic-low-soon?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The southern portion of the Great Salt Lake is just a couple inches above the historic low measurement taken in 1963, according to U.S. Geological Survey streamgage information collected at the SaltAir gauge location.  </p> Fri, 16 Jul 2021 08:15:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov 73491e39-a09d-4936-91c3-417c0482d144 jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Large Decreases in Upper Colorado River Salinity Since 1929 https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/large-decreases-upper-colorado-river-salinity-1929?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Salinity levels in the Upper Colorado River Basin, which covers portions of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, have steadily decreased since 1929, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study analyzing decades of water-quality measurements.</p> Mon, 19 Apr 2021 06:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov 5eb196a0-af22-41e9-89f2-848fc2173eb9 jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Utah Gauge Celebrates 100 Years of Monitoring Streamflow https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/utah-gauge-celebrates-100-years-monitoring-streamflow?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A U.S. Geological Survey streamgage near Hunstville, Utah is celebrating 100 years of monitoring streamflow on the south fork of the Ogden River. The streamgage has been monitoring water levels and flow since March 21, 1921, making it one of 25 centennial gauges in Utah. </p> Thu, 18 Mar 2021 08:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov 68766f32-ee86-4492-bc2c-e3bab4000e52 jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey USGS Unveils Mobile Flood Tool for the Nation https://www.usgs.gov/news/national-news-release/usgs-unveils-mobile-flood-tool-nation?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The U.S. Geological Survey announced Friday the completion of a new mobile tool that provides real-time information on water levels, weather and flood forecasts all in one place on a computer, smartphone or other mobile device. </p> Fri, 30 Oct 2020 08:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov 735f2fb1-2b77-4c6a-aa6f-e43c725a649e jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Groundwater in Moab Area Less than Previously Reported https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/groundwater-moab-area-less-previously-reported?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A new assessment of groundwater resources in the Spanish Valley watershed in southern Utah shows an amount that is about 30–40% lower than previously reported, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:30:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov 4038e9c0-8d09-4c31-9c2d-abbbee9a7c6c jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Salinity Cycles in Lower Colorado River Caused by Precipitation Patterns in Upper Basin https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/salinity-cycles-lower-colorado-river-caused-precipitation-patterns-upper?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A new study shows that mysterious cycles in salinity in the lower Colorado River are a result of precipitation patterns in the headwaters of the upper basin more than a thousand river miles away. The salinity levels generally repeat about every 10 years.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2019 07:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov c323927c-de33-421c-b9d0-50bff63aa4ae jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Mercury Concentrations in Lake Powell Higher in Side Canyons https://www.usgs.gov/news/national-news-release/mercury-concentrations-lake-powell-higher-side-canyons?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Mercury concentrations within Lake Powell are highest in side canyons within the lower portion of the reservoir, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. This finding is part of a study to better understand why mercury concentrations in striped bass are higher in the lower part of the reservoir.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 05:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov b0b8694c-0f7d-4a6e-b982-c3abc73b6d6b jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey View Sediment Core Collection on Lake Powell https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/view-sediment-core-collection-lake-powell?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><strong>Reporters: RSVP to Visit Coring Site on Lake Powell </strong></p> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:15:00 EST jlavista@usgs.gov 9f9b51cb-a4b3-4a5c-b91d-43ac07fad053 jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Backcountry Travel for Science: Studying the Source of Groundwater in the Grand Canyon https://www.usgs.gov/news/science-snippet/backcountry-travel-science-studying-source-groundwater-grand-canyon?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>When you think of a day in the life of a scientist, adventure may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, many scientists find themselves in amazing locations where collecting data is physically challenging.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov 0a6f4c72-ca21-46f2-86c8-3accf8a0cac3 jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Bear Lake to Receive Water Quality and Weather Monitoring Equipment https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/bear-lake-receive-water-quality-and-weather-monitoring-equipment?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Bear Lake will house water quality and weather monitoring equipment that will provide near real-time information to the public and water managers beginning in early April and continuing through 2022.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov 4decd34f-4b6a-4936-b6e0-28d1900081a1 jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Salinity Decreased throughout Upper Colorado River Basin Over Time https://www.usgs.gov/news/technical-announcement/salinity-decreased-throughout-upper-colorado-river-basin-over-time?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study done in cooperation with the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program.</p> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST jlavista@usgs.gov 2d53766e-856d-46be-9b59-959a2103edc3 jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Geophyiscal survey of Lake Powell, UT-AZ https://www.usgs.gov/news/geophyiscal-survey-lake-powell-ut-az?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Develop a new bathymetry map of Lake Powell, UT-AZ, and characterize shallow sediment deposition near the mouths of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers. Bathymetric data, acoustic backscatter imagery, and limited CHIRP sub-bottom data were collected by the USGS Utah Water Science Center (UTWSC) and Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) within Lake Powell, October - November, 2017.</p> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 EST ababb@usgs.gov 5974c4d4-958b-4c88-8c02-c082ae3579dd ababb@usgs.gov (ababb@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey New Map Shows How Groundwater Pumping Could Affect the Malad River https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/new-map-shows-how-groundwater-pumping-could-affect-malad-river?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A new report illustrates how groundwater pumping can affect the amount of water available in streams within the Malad-Lower Bear River Area in Utah. The product was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Rights.</p> Thu, 6 Apr 2017 06:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov d6125cd3-213c-4fb4-8dba-c15433db4132 jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey USGS Scientist Wins Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/usgs-scientist-wins-governors-medal-science-and-technology?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>U.S. Geological Survey scientist Dr. Robert Baskin is being awarded with a 2016 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. Gov. Gary R. Herbert will present awards to 11 individuals and one company at the 30th anniversary awards dinner tonight.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST jlavista@usgs.gov c090fedd-aec1-4bf6-85fd-cdad249342ef jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Where Does it Go? New Method Evaluates Fate of Methane Released into Streams https://www.usgs.gov/news/national-news-release/where-does-it-go-new-method-evaluates-fate-methane-released-streams?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>First application shows majority of methane in study stream emitted to the atmosphere. </p> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov d9ef55bc-2f9e-4894-85b5-41b9ac166524 jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Large Precipitation Events are Critical in Replenishing Groundwater Resources https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/large-precipitation-events-are-critical-replenishing-groundwater-resources?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Large precipitation events that occur about every 10 years are a critical source of recharge for replenishing groundwater resources, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Reclamation.</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov ca8de625-6322-421e-977e-83a7fe625103 jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Nutrient Experiments May Help Gain a Better Understanding of Algal Blooms in Utah https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/nutrient-experiments-may-help-gain-better-understanding-algal-blooms-utah?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Scientists to test the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake</p> Tue, 9 Aug 2016 07:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov c8ced06e-5f9c-45ef-979c-c4b629901c82 jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey Groundwater Discharge to Upper Colorado River Basin Varies in Response to Drought https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/groundwater-discharge-upper-colorado-river-basin-varies-response-drought?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Assessing age of groundwater to determine resource availability</p> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:30:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov d6eb47fc-09de-417b-80e3-aeec9bbb5d8d jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey More than Half of Streamflow in the Upper Colorado River Basin Originates as Groundwater https://www.usgs.gov/news/national-news-release/more-half-streamflow-upper-colorado-river-basin-originates-groundwater?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Groundwater and Surface Water Considered a Joint Resource</p> Mon, 9 May 2016 06:00:00 EDT jlavista@usgs.gov e17f2f6e-e3ef-4e2e-a56b-e7c6c5e497ad jlavista@usgs.gov (jlavista@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey USGS and Utah Department of Natural Resources Announce New Record Low Elevation at Great Salt Lake's North Arm https://www.usgs.gov/news/state-news-release/usgs-and-utah-department-natural-resources-announce-new-record-low?utm_source=comms&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The north arm of the Great Salt Lake (GSL) has reached a new historic low. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL), the lake's water level reached an elevation of 4,191.6 feet last month, one foot lower than the previous record.</p> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:03:58 EST kgeer@usgs.gov eb9789e2-ce1f-46da-9bc2-1a20f552b004 kgeer@usgs.gov (kgeer@usgs.gov) U.S. Geological Survey