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.

Are You Harvesting the Rain?

The Utah Rivers Council is excited to officially launch RainHarvest, a rainwater collection program created to engage homeowners and small businesses to use rainwater to reduce Utah’s nation-leading water use (per-person) and improve water quality of local streams, rivers and lakes. Rainwater harvesting is legal in Utah and now is the perfect time to start using this free, legal water at your home.

IMG_Single_Ivy_3998_grandeRainHarvest is modeled after the most successful programs in the U.S. which use one of the most user-friendly barrels on the market, the Ivy Rainbarrel.  For a limited time residents can pre-order highly discounted rain barrels at www.rainbarrelprogram.org/urc.  Barrels are $74 for all residents, with a special price of $40 for Murray residents – while supplies last ($40 barrels for Salt Lake County residents are sold out).

Barrels will be ready for pick up on Saturday, May 9th at Murray Park from 10-2 PM. (If residents cannot make the pick up their order will be refunded in full.)  Volunteers will be on hand to teach residents all they need to know about rainwater harvesting.  3-4 barrels fit in the back seat of an average sedan and 10 barrels can fit in the back of a standard SUV.

Water Lobbyists Using this $20 / $33 Billion Wish List to Push SB 281

Utah water lobbyists are pushing a $20 / $33 billion wish list in an attempt to scare legislators into funding the Lake Powell Pipeline and Bear River Development.  The list is loaded with phony funding requests including $2.4 billion in projects already funded by local entities, 84 “Master Plans,” totaling $5.7 billion and 101 items listed as “General Needs” with no more explanation, for a total of $2.6 billion.   One “Master Plan” for Weber Basin Water is listed as costing $3 billion, but isn’t needed until the year 2100.

Click HERE to view the entire water wish list.

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