Issue Section: Environews

Environews: Trailhead or development?

Utah Open Lands is working towards a September 10 deadline to purchase 27 acres of open space at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The land could become a regional trailhead f …

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Environews: New recycling facility in SLC

Salt Lake City has a fancy new recycling plant to sort the contents of your blue bin. Waste Management, the city’s recycling vendor, recently opened a $17 million Materials Recover …

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Environews: DAQ gets “good” grade on state legislative audit

A legislative audit of the Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) found that the agency is generally performing well. The budget for clean air programs and research has increased signi …

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Environews: Wilderness or bike trail?

Bicycles are not allowed in designated Wilderness areas, so a few segments of the Bonneville Shoreline trail are off-limits to bikes, hemmed in by private property on one side and …

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Environews: More good news: BLM withdraws Moab area leases

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has removed controversial parcels near Arches and Canyonland National Parks from a massive Utah BLM oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Septemb …

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Environews: Trophy hunter to head Utah BLM

BLM acting director William Perry Pendley (see left) announced in July that Greg Sheehan has been appointed Utah state director for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Sheehan ha …

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Environews: New Wilderness Area signs go up in San Rafael Swell

The Utah BLM has been working hard to put up signs for 17 new Wilderness Areas in the San Rafael Swell designated by the John D. Dingell Act of 2019. The actual management of these …

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Environews: Foxes in the hen house (so to speak)

300+ groups call to remove acting BLM director W.P. Pendley’s nomination for permanent post More than 300 citizen groups signed a strongly worded letter telling the U.S. Senate tha …

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Environews: Something to celebrate! Great American Outdoors Act Becomes Law

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), signed into law on August 4, is something big to celebrate! This landmark legislation achieves two major conservation goals: it provides bad …

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Environews: Envision Utah quality growth strategy, 20 years later

In the 20 years from 1999 to 2019, the population of Utah has grown by nearly a million people. But unlike many states, Utah had a plan to cope, thanks to Envision Utah, a nonprofi …

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Environews: Public comments due for two Southwest Utah projects

Conserve Southwest Utah (CSU) says that the Lake Powell Pipeline and the Northern Corridor Highway through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve are two of the most environmental damaging …

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Environews: No more Downwinders!

Congressman Ben McAdams (D-UT-4) succeeded in adding language to the annual Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to prohibit spending on explosive nuclear testing. Generations of U …

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Environews: HEAL Utah responds to Inland Port

HEAL Utah has issued a scathing response to a business plan which was issued by the Utah Inland Port Authority in June. The Port Authority claims the plan addresses community conce …

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Environews: Toxic algae found in Virgin River

A toxic algal bloom was discovered in the North Fork of the Virgin River which runs through Zion National Park after a pet dog died from playing in the water. Toxic algae (aka cyan …

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Environews: Public comments sought on Jordan River Trail

A Blueprint Jordan River plan, published in 2008, described a compelling Big Idea of “a 50-mile, unobstructed blue-green trail from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake for boaters, cy …

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