Topic: Environmental Politics

TOXIC ALGAE IS BACK IN UTAH LAKE

Summer heat has brought toxic algae blooms back to Utah Lake. On June 9 the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a warning advisory for Provo Bay telling people no …

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THE CORRUPT RYAN ZINKE

A new report from the Western Values Project documents ethical lapses and poor judgment during Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s first year. Among other things, Zinke met with Utah R …

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Environews: Hunting in Bear River Bird Refuge?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to change rules at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in order to open 13,000 acres to hunting.  The change would mean hunting is …

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Environews: July 2018

Environmental news from around the state and the West. Corona Arch added to National Recreation Trails System The popular Corona Arch trail near Moab, Utah has been designated as p …

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Tar Sands Vigil Resumes

On June 1 Utah Tar Sands Resistance will begin their 5th year of a protest vigil at PR Springs in the Book Cliffs. The grassroots group is protesting a tar sands strip mine land le …

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Environews: Judge Rules Against Coal Ban

A federal judge has ruled that the city of Oakland, California cannot prevent a private company from developing a port for coal export. In 2016, the Utah Legislature offered to con …

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Environew: More Fighting Over the Colorado River

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that this year, water from the Colorado River flowing into Lake Powell will be about 46% of average. Management …

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Environews: Utah Has Three Years to Reduce Ozone

The U.S. EPA has given Utah three years to reduce ozone pollution on the Wasatch Front and parts of the Uinta Basin or regulators will be forced to draft a plan to regulate activit …

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Environews: Severe Wildfire Season Expected

Low snowpack could mean an intense wildfire season this summer. Information about active fires, fire restrictions, prevention and preparedness is available on the interagency Utah …

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Environews: San Rafael Swell in danger

Utah’s  congressional delegation has introduced yet another terrible public lands bill, this time trying to grab control over Utah’s San Rafael Swell. In May, Senator Orrin Hatch ( …

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Environews: The Great Old Broad and the Closed Gate

San Juan County is using the courts to harass a woman who is a founding member of Friends of Cedar Mesa and former executive director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness (GOB). Rose …

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Environews: June 2018

Environmental news around the state and the West. San Rafael Swell in danger Utah’s  congressional delegation has introduced yet another terrible public lands bill, this time tryin …

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Then and Now: Kids Organized to Protect the Environment

In 1990, a group of SLC elementary school students in search of a problem-solving project saved an abandoned gully from being paved over and transformed it into a nature preserve. …

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A Winter Problem with Year-Round Solutions

Two recent studies correlate winter air pollution to short-term health risks along the Wasatch Front. We’ve long known the hazards of a lifetime spent breathing polluted air, but t …

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Summer Ozone, pt.2

Last month we learned about summer air pollution and what we can do to reduce emissions that lead to ozone formation. Here’s how the EPA is helping Utah meet goals for cleaner air. …

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