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Governor Presentation

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Wade Kloos

on 5 February 2015

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Transcript of Governor Presentation

Utah's Water Challenges
Water depleted for
municipal and industrial uses
Precipitation that falls in Utah
Utah's Water Budget, Total Precipitation
61.5 Million Ac.Ft.
87% Absorbed by vegetation and natural systems
13%
Available
Supply
Diverted Flows
82% Agriculture
18% M&I
Division of Water Resources
Division of Water Rights
Division of Water Quality
Division of Drinking Water
With legal certainty, provide clean and
abundant water to meet Utah's needs
Mike Styler,
DNR, Executive Director
Walt Baker,
Division of Water Quality, Director
The Future of Water in Utah
18% Reduction since 2000
...it's working
Our Common Goal
These dynamically opposed challenges...
...require a long-term vision and
long-term commitment by Utah's leaders
Less Reliable Supply
Now that our rain drop is here,
we must protect and manage it...
...as water has many beneficial uses
Watershed Management includes...
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Placeholder for Wallsburg NPS
Goal: At least 25% reduction before 2025
...but there's more to do
Water
Conservation
Some of our water's first uses
Sedimentation is reducing our water storage capacity
Growing Demand
Let's follow the (partial) raindrop through a typical drainage area...
Trial Lake
Provo River
Large and small water systems are effected by sediment
Wastewater
Lagoons
Irrigated
Lands
"One Water"
Over 32,000 Water Rights
Water quality monitoring
Water storage capacity
Sedimentation
Watershed management
Quagga infestation
Various water treatment solutions
Water supply and demand
Dam safety
Citizens' high expectation for water use and availability
Water conveyance and its challenges
Funding outlook to meet future water demand
Utah lake water quality issues
Water treatment challenges
Ground water quality and use
Water conservation
Certainty and order of water rights
The GSL water plan and importance to Utah's hydrologic cycle

We have covered:
Topics we did not cover:
Indian water settlements
Water of the United States
Forest Service groundwater directive

Utah Water Rights Law, Title 73
73-1-1. Waters declared property of public. All waters in this state, whether above or under the ground are hereby declared to be the property of the public
What they all have in common is the critical need to make the right choices in the face of opposing forces – less reliable water supply and a growing demand for that same water
What
Behind the Curve
looks like:
Utah's Pioneer Spirit
Self Determination
Courage and commitment to do what's right
One Water for Utah's future generations
1988
2009
New water supply and infrastructure $14.7B
Repair/Replacement of infrastructure $17.9B
TOTAL $32.6B
Division of Water Resources
Division of Water Rights
Division of Water Quality
Division of Drinking Water
With legal certainty, provide clean and
abundant water to meet Utah's needs
Our Common Goal
Utah Water Rights Law, Title 73
73-1-1. Waters declared property of public. All waters in this state, whether above or under the ground are hereby declared to be the property of the public
Additionally, The state can leverage NRCS grant money for dam safety measures on Federal dams.
$16 Million in State funds can secure $30 Million from the NRCS
Accelerating Dam Safety
Pollution Threats to our Water
Post Fire Rehabilitation
Stream Stabilization
Natural Filters
Control over land alteration activities
Dredging is an expensive option
Recreation is more popular than ever
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