Jordan River Water Trail

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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 make existing boat access points safer and more functional for paddlers. Send comments to watertrail@slco.org/ Jordan River Water Trail

Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

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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 that doesn’t mean Utah plans to implement water conservation policies. In the 19-year period from 2000 through 2018, the Colorado River Basin has experienced one of […]

Condors nesting in Zion National Park

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A pair of endangered California condors is incubating an egg in their nest on Minotaur Tower in Zion National Park. The chick is expected to hatch in early May. Park biologists report that the mother is condor 409 and the father is condor 523, both captive bred (The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service California Condor […]

Environews

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I’ve never forgotten that we write out of our grief for what we’re losing. We write out of our passion for what we love. We write out of our past and toward the future in the present. — Terry Tempest Williams   Great Old Broad strikes back Environmental activist Rose Chilcoat has filed a lawsuit […]

Environews: Rebecca Solnit honored with Utah Award

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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 Environmental Humanities Graduate Program. Solnit, who is the author of 20 books, has said that anti-nuclear activism at the Nevada Test Site taught her how to combine personal essays, […]

Environews: Climate deniers in Congress

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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-UT-1) claimed that a proposed Green New Deal would outlaw hamburgers. He repeated the absurd idea in an angry letter to Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-3), the new chair of the House Committee […]

Environews: Congressional hearing on Monument downsizing

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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 the Ute Indian Tribe, Zuni Pueblo and Hopi Tribe spoke in support of Bears Ears. Dana Waggoner from Escalante Outfitters testified that local voices were excluded from the review […]

Environews: Kids Climate March in Utah

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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 stationary bicycles to power a microphone for speakers. The global skolstrejk för klimatet was organized by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg who began a weekly […]

Environews: Mayor Biskupski sues over Inland Port

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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 Northwest Quadrant. The lawsuit says that the un-elected Port Authority usurps city taxing and land use powers. The Port Authority is not accountable to voters, yet it […]

Environews: Gov. Herbert attacks roadless rule

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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 in wild areas of national forests. The petition claims that new roads are necessary to reduce wildfire risk but it seems related to a conservative agenda pushing so-called […]

Environews: Utah’s snowpack is great!

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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 all of Utah’s 29 counties experienced some level of drought, prompting Governor Gary Herbert to declare a drought emergency. NCRS Snow Survey

Environews for April 2019

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What’s cool about snow?  Cooler than lemons? One flake at a time builds a whole watershed.  Is it foolish to imagine that little changes can have a big impact?   —Nicole Walker (Sustainability: A Love Story)   Utah’s snowpack is great! It’s a good year for water in Utah. Snowpack is 124% of normal compared to […]

Environews: Friends of Cedar Mesa opposes BLM leases

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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 lease area, 984 of which have been deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places—this despite the fact […]

 
 
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