Topic: Environmental Politics

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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Environews: Don’t Bomb the Bighorns

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-1) may not be running for reelection, but he’s not through causing public lands mischief. In July, Bishop added a surprise amendment to the National …

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I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is. – Greta Thunberg   Don’t Bomb the Bighorns Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-1) may not be running for reelection, b …

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Where there’s fire, there’s smoke: Fireworks are terrible for the environment, especially for air quality

Some people just can’t fathom a 4th of July or Pioneer Day holiday without fireworks. The bright colors, loud booms and bangs are thrilling to some. But for other people (and dogs) …

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Environews: Oil & gas leasing frenzy near national parks scheduled for fall

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas lease sale scheduled for September 2020 threatens to drastically alter the landscape of southern Utah, affecting more than 114,000 acr …

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Environews: Costs, liabilities shift from feds to Utahns with water project transfers

Utah Senator Mike Lee, an advocate for privatization of federal public lands, has been boasting that a transfer of federal water infrastructure is a “minor miracle” that will give …

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Environews: Missed Air Quality opportunity

In response to a temporary slump in oil prices during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the Trump Administration gave the fossil fuel industry a huge handout by reducing royalties for …

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Environews: Salt Lake City schools to go carbon free

In June the Salt Lake City School District Board of Education passed a resolution to go carbon-free by 2050. This fall, the district will form a Sustainability Leadership Task Forc …

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Environews: Terry Tempest Williams chronicles Utah environmental history in Erosion: Essays of Undoing

Acclaimed Utah author Terry Tempest Williams has previously written eloquently about The Open Space of Democracy (2010), but her new book, Erosion, is a tour-de-force. Williams is …

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Environews: Comments due on draft Environmental Impact Statement for Lake Powell Pipeline

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has released a Lake Powell Pipeline Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the multi-billion dollar water boondoggle to send Colorado River …

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