Unless we forget, prognosticators were predicting that within 10 to 15 years
(after we found out about global warming) Utah would never get cold enough to
have snow except in the extreme altitudes. Also, it was predicted that the
Colorado and Lake Powell would be completely dry by then. We live in a desert
and the climate cycles have been occuring for hundreds of years. I was hoping
that Utah would become a tropical paradise with global warming, and the oceans
would rise so high we would live on the beach and I wouldn't have to go to
California to enjoy the ocean.
A few years ago, water managers along the Wasatch Front warned that if people
didn't conserve, rates would increase and we would run short of supplies.
Both private and commercial users went into high gear and did a bang-up job in
conservation. So much so that planned revenues fell short of what those managers
had planned for. As a result, they had to hike water prices in spite of
conservation efforts to cover needed operating costs. Damned if you do and
damned if you don't. Utah is a high desert so supply will
always run short. It's utter foolishness to release water in anticipation
of projected precipitation. Maybe we need some managers who will actually manage
instead of knee-jerking to a roll of the dice and then vainly trying to make
corrections after the damage is already done.
It's rained yesterday. It's rained today. Although would that count
because it's in the valley? Who knows what's going on in the
This and Utah's history of being a desert area with very little water
resources should be cause and reason enough to put an end to uncontrolled
devleopment. Waster resousce are not sustainabile as it is and this state keeps
pusing more and more industry and commercial development on a strained economy
and resource.Other Counties in this state could use some development
and industry so why isn't the governor doing something to help the
economies of other counties besides Utah and Salt Lake? We are not only over
stressed on resources these 2 counties are having serious pollution problems
that don't need an overload with more people and vehicles in the Wasatch
salt lake valley.Salt lake is suffering and nearing federal
intervention of shutting down business because of pollution so why doesn't
Herbert with some of his misguided greed for SLC share growth with the entire
It's past time for local governments to implement incentive programs for
home owners to lower water consumption using drip systems, watering in early
morning hours, not watering when its excessively windy, etc.Such efforts
in Las Vegas over the past few years has helped cut water usage.
What the "water managers" are saying is they let out too much water in
the hopes that it would be replaced. They were caught playing poker and they
went bust. Water is life here in the desert. Perhaps it is time to have water
managers that will be far less reckless and considerably more conservative.
Toosmartforyou,I am thinking the same thing. It is getting to the
point of crying wolf. People I talk to are starting to disregard all of the
dire warnings that state water managers give because every year is reportedly a
bad water year.
Ernest T. Bass... Is your outlook pretty much bleak all the time. Let's
just try to say something positive once in a while. It doesn't have to be
positive about the Utes, because that would never happen, but just a positive
slant on something. As for the water situation, I stopped paying attention to
all the panic comments. I water when I should, try not to waste, but to listen
every week as it's flooding, then we're going to run out, then
flooding, then too dry. It makes me crazy. As for global warming, I have my
doubts. Extremists who like to cry all the time. Chicken Little comes to mind.
Hope we all make it.
patriot,Snowpack is extremely variable from site to site. The water
reports are compiled from a large network of monitoring stations throughout the
state. This helps account for that variation. It is far more reliable than any
of us going up to our favorite haunts in the mountains and trying to eyeball it.
Last year's snowpack was so dismal that this year may look better in
comparison and still be below average.
Every year we have a water crisis, no matter how much is in the reservoirs or
has fallen from the skies.
Maybe Just take the Billions of water bottles and dump all the water back into
storage we will be ok.Or tell my roomates to stop showering 2 times
a day. Or tell my apartment landlords to fix my dripping shower head. Thats
where the water goes! Oh and I flush at least 8 times a day. That
doesnt help does it!
I call BS. We have enough water.
@patriotSnowtel observing stations throughout the mountains are showing
generally only slight improvement relative to last year in the state. The
valleys got 3x more snow this year compared to last year. Perhaps you are
snowshoeing in lower elevation areas. Another possibility is that while last
year and this year have similar levels at many stations the snowpack built up
earlier this year while last year it took a longer time to get going. So maybe
in November-January this year vs November-January last year is where you saw the
Keep watering those lawns and golf courses.
No water? Say what??? I snow shoe alot and there is 5 times the snow pack this
year compared to last year. Last year most places I went had NO snow at all.
This year those same places had multiple feet. Not sure where these measurements
were taken. Certainly Tiblefork Res in AF Canton and Aspen Grove in Provo Canyon
are far ahead of last year - I know that for a fact.
I wonder how far the MWD of Salt Lake has gone in calculating the cost of
tapping the rivers north of Salt Lake, say the Yellowstone? I also wonder how
the Washington County Water Agency is doing getting their Ducks lined up to
actually tap Lake Powell for the good people of St. George? The later project
was supposed to come on line in 2020. DN Staff, I think you should make some
inquiries, don't you think?