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Drought Updates

The Utah Divisions of Water Rights and Water Resources are providing regular drought and water updates. These reports are more infrequent during spring, fall and winter as we continue to monitor conditions.

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Great Salt Lake level falls below historic low measured in October 2021

SALT LAKE CITY (June 24, 2022)  – On July 3, the level of Great Salt Lake dropped below the October 2021 historic low elevation. This average daily surface water elevation, 4,190.1 feet, was measured at USGS station 10010000, located on the southern end of the lake and is associated with a data record dating back to 1847.  

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Gov. Cox appoints Rep. Joel Ferry as new DNR executive director

SALT LAKE CITY (June 24, 2022)  – Gov. Spencer Cox announced Rep. Joel Ferry will be joining his administration as director of the Department of Natural Resources. This appointment is subject to approval from the Utah Senate.

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Gov. Spencer J. Cox Issues Drought Emergency Order

SALT LAKE CITY (April 21, 2022)  – Gov. Spencer J. Cox declared a state of emergency due to the dire drought conditions affecting the entire state. This declaration activates the Drought Response Committee and triggers increased monitoring and reporting. It also allows drought-affected communities, agricultural producers and others to report unmet needs and work toward solutions.

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