Issue Section: Environews

Jordan River Water Trail

In April, Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation hosted a series of open houses re. development of a Jordan River Water Trail. The project would create new boat access points and …

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Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

The U.S. Congress has passed a bipartisan Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan to keep water levels from declining to critically low levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead, but tha …

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San Juan County withdraws Bears Ears objection

The three-member San Juan County Commission has voted to withdraw support for a 2017 Trump administration decision to shrink the size of Bears Ears National Monument. The Commissio …

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Environews: Rebecca Solnit honored with Utah Award

Environmental writer and historian Rebecca Solnit has received the second annual Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities, a $10,000 prize given by the University of Utah Environ …

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Environews: Climate deniers in Congress

Recently members of Utah’s congressional delegation have engaged in particularly embarrassing climate change denial. At a Western Caucus news conference in February, Rob Bishop (R- …

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Environews: Conservation groups oppose Utah oil shale development

A coalition of eight conservation groups has issued a notice of intent for a lawsuit to block oil shale development in Utah’s Uinta Basin. The Trump Administration recently granted …

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Environews: Congressional hearing on Monument downsizing

On March 13 the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and Improper Alteration of Our National Monuments. Representatives from …

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Environews: Kids Climate March in Utah

On March 15, hundreds of teenagers skipped school to rally at Utah’s state capitol as part of a global Youth Climate Strike. On the capitol steps, protestors took turns riding stat …

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Environews: Mayor Biskupski sues over Inland Port

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2018 law that created an Inland Port Authority to develop Salt Lake City’s Northw …

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Environews: Gov. Herbert attacks roadless rule

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a “Utah-specific Roadless Rule” to replace the 2001 Roadless Rule that prevents building new roads …

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Environews: Utah’s snowpack is great!

It’s a good year for water in Utah. Snowpack is 124% of normal compared to a mere 58% last year. Spring runoff is expected to fill most small- to medium-sized reservoirs. Last year …

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Sustainability: A Love Story

Who could resist a love story about sustainability? Walker’s previous book of personal essays, Quench Your Thirst with Salt (2013) is about watersheds and growing up in Salt Lake C …

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Environews: Friends of Cedar Mesa opposes BLM leases

Friends of Cedar Mesa has filed a lawsuit to block oil and gas leasing of BLM lands in Alkali Ridge and Montezuma Canyon. “A total of 1,346 ancient sites have been recorded in the …

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Environews: San Juan County government calls to restore Bears Ears

In February, the  San Juan County Commission passed two resolutions to condemn President Donald Trump for illegally reducing the size of Bears Ears National Monument and to restore …

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Environews: Oil lobbyist nominated for interior secretary

On February 4. President Trump nominated deputy interior secretary and former oil industry lobbyist David Bernhardt to replace the ethically challenged Ryan Zinke as Secretary of t …

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