Thursday, June 16, 2016

Impaired waters

San Juan River, Utah Lake added to Utah's growing list

Deseret News

Deseret News

A massive Colorado mine spill that sent toxic metals into the San Juan River and the occurrence of a persistent algae bloom problem at Utah Lake propelled those two bodies of water to the state's list of impaired waterways. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality's draft biennial report also notes that more than half of Utah's lakes do not meet water quality standards, and nearly half of its streams are impaired as well.

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Colo. looks to increase funding for water projects

Aspen Daily News

To counter a sudden and sharp reduction in severance tax revenue from the oil and gas sector, the Colorado Water Conservation Board has proposed a five-year, $175 million funding plan for water-supply and river-restoration projects.

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New algorithm calculates groundwater levels

Stanford University

A new computer algorithm — which can "fill in" underground water levels in areas where data is not available — developed at Stanford University is enabling scientists to use satellite data to determine groundwater levels across larger areas than ever before. The technique, detailed in the June issue of the journal Water Resources Research, could lead to better models of groundwater flow.

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