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Blue sky and red desert cliffs above a curved portion of river.
U.S. Geological Survey

The commissioner for the Federal Bureau of Reclamation recently called for renewed commitment to drought contingency plans from states using the Colorado River. The region has been in a sustained drought since 2000.

Bee Inspired Gardens
Bronson Teichert

What do green lawns and concrete have in common? While one is arguably more aesthetically pleasing, both have the effect of reducing biodiversity in outdoor spaces. To address nutrient-leaching and reduced-pollinator activity, researchers across the country are working with citizens to understand and adopt alternatives.

Standing on a field of grass a child holds a sign that says "End family concentration camps." The child's face is hidden by the sign.
Tamsen Maloy

In response to the Trump administration’s family separation policy, at the end of June, a California judge ruled border separations must stop, and families must be reunited. In cities across the United States, many residents think this ruling is good but doesn’t do enough for families and migrants.

Sign on sidewalk that says Vote Here with an American flag above the wording
Tamsen Maloy

With the 2020 United States Census approaching, the Utah State Legislature is preparing for the redistricting that comes with it. The legislature is responsible for creating congressional, legislative and school districts based on data from the census.

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Researchers in North Carolina have found that spatial patterns in landscapes can influence water use. The findings of the study could have large implications for urban sprawl in the arid state of Utah where the population is projected to double by 2050.

Seated attendees listen to speakers at the vigil holding unlit candles.
Tamsen Maloy

In response to the separation of migrant families crossing the U.S./Mexico border, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement in support of keeping families together. A non-partisan group of Mormon women held a vigil in Salt Lake City last weekend for families affected by the separations.

A TRAX light rail train pulls into the station with railroads, green grass, and a blue sky.
HEAL Utah

New research out of the University of Utah tracks air quality across the Wasatch Front through instruments placed on TRAX light rail trains, revealing diverse air quality patterns throughout the Wasatch Front.

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After looking back at the history of shale gas extraction in the United States, international development and trade experts say hydraulic fracturing should be approached with caution by countries considering ways to meet growing energy demands. 

Fresh produce stand
NY Senate

According to the United States census, almost 15 percent of Utah senior citizens are facing hunger. With seniors making up 10 percent of Salt Lake County’s population, one program is providing fresh produce to fight hunger with over 3,800 pounds of fresh produce were distributed in 2017. All that fresh produce was enough to feed over 1,500 senior citizens. 

Traditional timers on irrigation systems often lead to overwatering
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The Utah Division of Water Resources has developed a statewide rebates program to encourage water conservation. The legislative-sponsored program offers rebates on technologies ranging from irrigation controllers to low-flow toilets.  

Great Salt Lake Pelicans Under Threat

May 28, 2018
A pair of American White pelicans gather in shallow water.
Utah Department of Natural Resources

According to John Neill, an avian biologist with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, a shrinking Great Salt Lake has serious consequences for the migratory bird populations that call the lake home throughout the year. 

The Utah Farmworker Program is reaching out to people working in agriculture throughout the state. The program is designed to help workers and their families become self-sufficient.

Small Businesses Expecting Big Sales For Memorial Day

May 25, 2018
Memorial Day is the number five day of the year for retailers in Utah. They see three more transactions per day at $71 more per transaction. Daily revenue is up almost 80 percent compared to the average day in Utah.
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Memorial Day could be busier for local businesses in Utah compared to other states. One study ranks Utah at number five in the nation for best sales on Memorial Day.

Elise Teichert

The Tripp family has been farming in Cache Valley since the 1860s. The 1,000-acre farm is home to cows, chickens, ducks, sheep and of course the llama named Bob that stands guard at the edge of the pasture.

Logan Library Sending Out Surveys For Public Input

May 25, 2018
A view of the Logan Library near the police department
Logan City

 


The Logan Library is a sanctuary for academics, researchers and your common bookworm. It has been stationed near the Logan City Police Department since 1985 when the then-library director, Ronald Jenkins, pushed for a new building and increased library funding.

The Three Creeks Project will implement cattle and sheep grazing on designated areas of land for short amounts of time. The grazing allotments are designed to limit large amounts of fuel for wild fires and maintain plant and soil health.
USDA.gov

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are working with livestock operators on the Three Creeks Project in northern Utah. The project is an effort between federal agencies and locals to improve rangeland health for over 135,000 acres in Cache and Rich Counties.

Separated crossing implemented in Banff National Park
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Wildlife collisions can be very dangerous for drivers and for animals.

Corinna Riginos is a conservation scientist at The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming studying wildlife collisions with ungulates like elk and golden eagles. The two are more closely related than you might think.

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In the next week or so, Logan city will start spraying for adult mosquitos. Residents who don’t want their property treated can contact the city to opt out.