Despite significant dam crises in California and Nevada so far this month, no state-inspected dams in Utah are currently considered to be of special concern, according to the state's leading expert in the safety of such structures.
Hot temperatures and little rain in July is worsening the state's ability to counter the effects of a prolonged drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor now classifies some areas as in moderate drought and much of northwest Utah remains abnormally dry.
The wet, cool spring has held off the runoff, but the flow is picking up and high-elevation streams like Big Cottonwood Creek will continue to rise until they peak around Memorial Day. That has safety experts warning people to keep their distance.
An inland sea in Iran may provide a lesson for its twin in Utah: the Great Salt Lake may disappear if we take too much water. Scientists from both countries are sharing information, hoping to avoid a disaster in Utah like the one in Iran.
Heavy rainstorms moving through Utah this week have made plenty of campgrounds downright soggy. U.S. Forest Service crews spent the day Wednesday trying to get many of those sites ready for the Memorial Day weekend.
After one of the driest winters on record, Tooele County farmers and ranchers desperately hoped for a wet spring. The recent soaking rains they've received mean many of them already have what they needed to avoid big losses.
How can the Colorado River, which is facing its worst drought in a 100-years, be saved? A new report released by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation highlights some early strategies and lays the groundwork for Utah and other states for new options.