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Amy Joi O'Donoghue
Amy Joi O'Donoghue is the environmental reporter the Deseret News, specializing in coverage of issues that affect land, air, water and energy development. She has worked here since 1998 and has been an assistant city editor and reported on the governorís office, health and human services and criminal justice issues. In Ogden, she worked at the Standard-Examiner for 15 years as a reporter and editor. A native of Ogden, Amy Joi started writing while still in grade school and went on to attend Weber State University as an honors student in political science and communications. She has won multiple awards over her career and would like to go onto graduate school.

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The nation's first regulation to deal with the country's second-largest industrial waste stream, coal ash, means operators will have to line their dumps, protect communities against dust exposure, and test grou...
The EPA declared all of Utah in compliance with the annual threshold set for fine particulate pollution, or PM2.5. The all-clear in that air quality arena does not mean that portions of the state have successfu...
A new audit by the Utah Office of the Legislative Auditor General reveals connection requirements for drinking water systems in the state are outdated by more than three decades, failing to recognize new consum...
The lone California condor chick hatched in Utah appears to have perished, dashing the hopes of biologists tracking the bird's progress since it was first discovered in late June. Two Arizona chicks, however, h...
A new poll by Envision Utah that shows more and more Utah residents want access to high-quality, locally grown fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy products, but they worry about farms and ranches disappearing ...
Multiple groups are challenging the Utah Division of Air Quality's decision to approve a permit modification for the Tesoro refinery. The lawsuit asserts regulators failed to conduct a proper analysis and aren'...
Tension and controversy over the water habits of Utahns, the pricing of water via property tax rates and looming water development projects are all driving a lot of questions and a sense of urgency to arrive at...
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Under current staffing conditions it would take state water officials 150 years to accurately determine water rights in Utah and Salt Lake counties. With the state population expected to double in the next 35 ...
Drought. Pollution. Aging infrastructure. Utah's water challenges are vast, and keeping water flowing to the taps of a population anticipated to almost double by 2050 will keep water managers scrambling for ans...