RainHarvest is Back, Order Your Barrels Today!

We are excited to announce that RainHarvest is back! For a limited time residents of Murray, Sandy, Park City, and Ogden can order rain barrels for a greatly subsidized price of just $40, (quantities are limited).  Rain barrels are also available for just $75 for residents outside these cities, a significant discount from the barrel’s $129 retail price. Pre-order your rain barrels now at savesomethingutah.org

RainHarvest is a great way to reduce water use and improve water quality by encouraging Utahns to collect rainwater. To find more information on RainHarvest, including pick up dates and location sites, visit rainbarrelprogram.org/urc.  You can also email andrew@utahrivers.org for more information regarding purchasing a barrel, or if you would like to volunteer for this fun event.

Take Action to Eliminate Water Waste

The Salt Lake Tribune published a great article featuring the SLC Water Wasters, a group trying to help change inefficient watering practices in Utah.  Read more here http://www.sltrib.com/…/2…/seeing-water-abuse-utahns-take-to.

You can also give your neighbors a friendly reminder about the impacts of their water waste.  Print our Water Waste Reminder Here:

River Legend Takes Out of the Great River of Life

Pioneering River Legend Dee Holladay passed on recently and the URC extends our gratitude for his many decades of leadership in river conservation and condolences to his family and the many, many people he inspired over the years.  Dee was a long time board member of the Utah Rivers Council and a driving visionary for river conservation, river and water education, and the inspirational guide for leagues of people across many generations.  His pulpit was an inflatable raft and his voice was quiet and smooth, yet his stories commanded the attention of tens of thousands of people from every walk of life, whether it was on one of his trips for Holiday River Expeditions, or in his relaxing backyard.  The Rivers of Utah Thank You Dee.

Read the Salt Lake Tribune article here.

Could the Great Salt Lake Be the Next Owens Valley?

A new story from KSL 5 TV looks at the massive air quality issues in the Owens Valley of California and how the Wasatch Front could experience similar problems if Bear River Development is constructed.  The Owens Valley experienced some of the worst air pollution recorded in the U.S. after Los Angeles diverted water upstream of Owens Lake in a project comparable to proposed Bear River Development. Dust control measures have cost the L.A. ratepayers over $1 billion, accounting for 15% of the average monthly water bill.

Watch the whole story HERE.

On April 14, 2015 Salt Lake City experienced extremely high levels of PM 2.5 air pollution after experiencing 40 mph sustained winds with 60-70 mph gusts.  The high winds combined with the near record low levels of the Great Salt Lake pushed PM 2.5 levels to what the EPA classifies as “hazardous.”  If Bear River Development is constructed, lowered GSL levels could make these dust storms a more common occurrence, furthering the Wasatch Front’s air quality problems.

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