Thursday, June 22, 2017

Utah 2060

Controversial projects stay in latest water plan draft

 Utahns are invited to weigh in on a set of recommendations for a 50-year state water strategy before those recommendations are finalized and delivered to Gov. Gary Herbert.

Envision Utah

Salt Lake Tribune & Deseret News

A newly released draft of Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's 50-year water management plan is vastly improved from previous versions, according to the team that drafted it — although not everyone is pleased with the inclusion of a pair of controversial billion-dollar projects. The latest — and likely final — draft, which outlines a broad strategy for managing Utah's water supply and accommodating the state's projected growth, was released last week. The latest document emphasizes water conservation as essential to future water management.

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How Colorado plans to future-proof its water

Water Deeply

Colorado faces an estimated water deficit of 560,000 acre-feet by 2050, due in part to an expected population increase. But it has a long-term plan to address that looming shortage. In May, the state Legislature allocated a first slug of dedicated funding to meet objectives in the plan. The goal is to bring water demand into balance with supply while maintaining urban and agricultural values and also improving stream health throughout the state.

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Funding woes put crucial water data at risk

Water Deeply

When it comes to managing water in uncertain times, few things are more important than knowing how much is flowing in the river alongside your city, or filling the reservoir that irrigates local farms. But this basic information is at risk across the West because the nation lacks a reliable funding source for the simple stream gages that measure river flows. As a result, dozens of gages across the West are at risk of being shut down every year.

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