Op-ed: Utah doesn't have a water crisis

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  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    July 7, 2018 10:30 a.m.

    What I find amusing is you have people who have said the earth is cooling and snow cover has increased, which means they are accepting some sort of science but then they totally refuse any science that doesn’t go with their ideology.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    July 7, 2018 7:02 a.m.

    Now what do we do when Utah's population doubles by 2050? Will God send us more water, or will we have to do with the same varying amounts (or less as many climate scientists predict) going forward?

    The point about flushing toilets with water noted in the article should be a wake up call that we do use water indiscriminately for so many mundane tasks that in the coming decades will be considered frivolous, including maintaining Kentucky blue grass lawns when other types of grass (or no grass at all) will do; using coal-fired power (or nuclear power, which has been proposed) as water-intensive sources of energy when wind and solar are rapidly becoming cheaper that use no water; flushing toilets when water-less alternatives are used elsewhere...

    Water is precious. We need to be working on ways to curtail its use -- and not thinking up tax-funded "new water projects" as Utah's population doubles.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2018 5:37 a.m.

    HSTucker, above, uses an article about our apparently adequate water supply to attack the concept of global warming, and to insist that it's a scam perpetrated by -- gasp! -- Democrats. I'd like to believe he's right, because if he is, we've got nothing to worry about and we can proceed to do things the way we've always done them without any consequences. Who doesn't want that? However, while as a lawyer I might purport to know a few things about the law, I'd never presume to know much of anything at all about the vagaries of the climate and how it affects us. What I do know is that the large majority of experts in the field of climatology have repeatedly assured us that (1) global warming is the reality we live in now; and (2) our activities as human beings substantially contribute to that warming. Usually, when I know nothing about a subject, I go to the people who do know something and rely upon their expertise. This issue is simply too critical to our survival to ignore.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2018 1:01 a.m.

    @HSTucker
    "See for yourself by Googling "Rutgers Snow Lab 2017 Annual Report."

    Why has snow cover increased over the past 30 years? "

    The trendline isn't statistically significant (less than a 2% increase for NH winter). Fall has had a larger upward trend and spring a larger still downward trend.

    "Could it be related to the fact that actual thermometer readings (once one excludes the "adjustments" and "estimates") indicate that the earth has been cooling over the same time period?"

    The satellite datasets also show a warming trend over the last 30 years.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    July 6, 2018 8:07 p.m.

    We need to remember that proper water works, including reservoirs, not only help us weather the dry years, they also help reduce or avoid damaging flooding in wet years.

    Yes, they alter the environment. That is not necessarily bad. Search the internet for photos of the Colorado River below Glen Canyon both before and after Lake Powell was created. The annual flash floods before Lake Powell prevented much of any vegetation taking root. Today, the river banks team with plants, that provide shelter and food for many animals. Periodic man-made mini-floods accomplish much of the good once done by nature. That leaves us mostly with cooler water temps and slightly increased salinity as potential negative impacts.

    We need to increase the number and total capacity of reservoirs Statewide, and especially in the drier, southern regions of the State.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    July 6, 2018 12:01 p.m.

    I suppose it is unsurprising that other commenters are using this editorial to advance the left's global warming scam. It's the Murphy's law of weather articles.

    To the open-minded, may I suggest you set aside the narrative of the media/entertainment/Democrat complex and consider the actual data? Who collects it? (e.g., Rutgers global snow lab) What do they report? (e.g., compare snow cover in recent years to what it was in the late 80s/early 90s) See for yourself by Googling "Rutgers Snow Lab 2017 Annual Report."

    Why has snow cover increased over the past 30 years? Could it be related to the fact that actual thermometer readings (once one excludes the "adjustments" and "estimates") indicate that the earth has been cooling over the same time period?

    Is it a good idea to conserve water? Sure. Is it a good idea to prepare for a growing populace and the natural cycles of the earth by developing additional sources of water? Sure. But please, can we leave popular culture's corruption of "science" out of it?

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    July 6, 2018 11:43 a.m.

    high school fan asks: How do Democrats account for the fact that Utah used to have ocean front property or how about this one, ho do they account for the fact that the equator used to run through Utah? They don't and they can't.

    Hilarious comment, Well Democrats, and well people who understand science Do know these things. They also understand that man was nowhere to be found when that ocean or equator was in Utah. Because the earth is billions of years old. What does that have to do with today, and the state of Utah today? You can't fish for or eat fossils.

    Things do change and to ignore the huge changes man has made is to ignore science, and reality.

    Fresh Water is finite, and to gleefully waste it is sad.

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    July 6, 2018 10:56 a.m.

    Vote Democrat? They cannot even decide if it is global warming or global cooling or climate change or whatever actually may or may not be occurring. Things change constantly and consistently so we all need to get used to.
    How do Democrats account for the fact that Utah used to have ocean front property or how about this one, ho do they account for the fact that the equator used to run through Utah? They don't and they can't.
    Things change. We should all be wise and clean and do what we can but if the weather decides to have a mind of its own, there is absolutely nothing that man can do about it.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    July 6, 2018 10:49 a.m.

    A good editorial. Oh wait, he is an expert on the subject. How many are going to deny the science of an expert on the subject.

    Concerned? Build more upstream reservoirs.

    By reintroducing beavers in areas of poor stream flows, their impounding created more constant stream flows with better water quality. So lets get like busy beavers and improve the quantity and quality of our water.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    July 6, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    Utahns are water-wasteful. We need to do much, much better.

    If you wait for the actual crisis to occur, you're too late.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    July 6, 2018 8:41 a.m.

    We may not have a crisis this year because last year's snowfall was more normal, but if we have three consecutive years of meager snowfall, then yes, we will have a crisis. With the GOP's
    persistent efforts to undermine measures to slow global warming, drought it likely to be an every-year occurrence. Get used to it, or maybe vote Democrat.