$20 million is coming to Utah to help protect one of the state’s most precious resources: water. The funding is going to several colleges and universities, which will spend the next five years studying, managing and learning how to protect water.
The Beehive state is also the nation’s second driest state. But thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Utah can learn how to better manage its supply of water.
“What we really want to do is improve our ability to predict the future of water quality and quantity.”
After four years of planning, Utah Department of Transportation will begin safety improvements to State Road 158, also known as Powder Mountain Highway in the next 30 days.
Improvements will begin at Pine View Dam in Ogden Canyon and follow the northern shore past the Ogden Pineview Yacht Club and cover eight miles and will include a bridge over North Fork Creek, guardrails at appropriate places, asphalt to level lanes, and chip seal to top off the entire eight miles.
Sunday, the national weather service issued a flash flood warning for areas of Washington county Utah, Lincoln county Nevada, and Mohave county Arizona. And as it turns out, they had it spot on. A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. Residents living along streams and creeks were asked to take immediate precautions to protect life and property.
Indeed, some St. George streets were soaked with as much as two feet of standing water after heavy rains fell for nearly an hour flooding homes and businesses. Damage assessments are still being made.
Utah’s second largest-city is also the state’s most diverse. West Valley City’s population is 45 percent ethnic minorities, which can create language and cultural barriers in schools, at work and on the streets. But Saturday, the Latino Community Center aimed to tear down some of those walls by inviting law enforcement to talk with hundreds of local residents.
West Valley Police Sergeant Mike Powell spent part of his weekend meeting with members of the Latino community at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.
Utah State Extension and the Utah Division of Water Quality are teaming up to monitor the waterways of Utah for pathogens. This research program has trained volunteers wading in streams taking samples as a part of a new program: Utah Water Watch.
It's a warm summer, and many families, including Heather DeWitt's are traveling to watery destinations in the state. DeWitt is from Eagle Mountain and took her family to Bear Lake to enjoy the water. On the way, they stopped to wade in First Dam in Logan Canyon.
"This is one of the areas we have our volunteers monitor," said Brian Green, program coordinator for the new state-wide volunteer project. "We were out here last week checking this area for e-coli and water temperature and p-H and such."
The river passed on all accounts, and is safe for families.
Mesquite, Nev. police officers have arrested a local man after months of investigation, gathering evidence, and talking with victims and witnesses in a string of burglaries that were committed throughout the city since the beginning of the year.
Wesley McClain, 24, of Mesquite was arrested on 10 counts of burglary and four counts of attempted burglary after detectives obtained and executed search warrants for his residence and vehicle.
The lightning caused Baboon fire quickly more than doubled in size to over 17,000 acres, prompting the evacuation of personnel from a portion of Utah's largest livestock complex.
Thunderstorms sparked the blaze around noon Thursday. Another squall in the afternoon aided firefighters with higher humidity and spotty showers, but not before authorities called for the human evacuation of a portion of the expansive Circle 4 Hog Farm south of Milford.
Salt Lake City has something in common with New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. As of this summer, it now has a tour bus to different sites around Utah's captiol city. Unfortunately, the engine for this idea isn't revving up very quickly. Last year Jerry Dolejs came to Utah for the first time. He brought with him a new idea: big bus.
Sightseeing tour bus goes around the city in about 90 minutes, people can hop-on, hop-off.
Hop-on or hop-off at 19 stops like Temple Square, Hogle Zoo and City Creek all while learning the history of each location on the open-air bus. Dolejs operates a similar company in Victoria British Columbia but it was a woman from Midvale who gave him the idea to bring Big Bus to Salt Lake City.
Carolyn Washburn is a family educator with Utah State University Extension. She talked to Kerry Bringhurst the extension service's new website devoted to living with wildfires.
"Utah State University has always been concerned with helping families be prepared for all aspects of their lives. As the wildfire season hit so strongly this summer, we thought we wanted to put some materials together that could provide families and individuals with resources on how to prevent wildfires and ways to clean up after it."