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State Engineer appointed to a second term

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 26, 2024) — On Monday, Feb. 26, Teresa Wilhelmsen began her second four-year term as Utah’s State Engineer. Wilhelmsen’s swearing-in ceremony was officiated by Lt. Gov. Deidre M. Henderson at the Utah State Capitol.

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Scott Strong appointed director of Utah State Parks

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 23, 2024) — Utah Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Joel Ferry has appointed Scott Strong as the new Utah Division of State Parks director. The Utah State Parks Board announced its support on Thursday. Strong has served as interim director since Jeff Rasmussen retired in December after working for Utah State Parks for 31 years.

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Great Salt Lake story map released

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 7, 2024) – In response to a recent request from the Great Salt Lake Strike Team, the Utah Division of Water Resources produced a dynamic new story map as an educational resource to define the processes that dictate the health of the Great Salt Lake.

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Great Salt Lake Strategic Plan released

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 16, 2024) – The Great Salt Lake Commissioner’s Office has released the state of Utah’s first strategic plan to get the Great Salt Lake to a healthy range and sustain it. In November 2022, the lake fell to a new record low level. During the 2023 Legislative General Session, HB491  was passed, creating the Office of

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Mick Thomas appointed director of the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 8, 2024) – Utah Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Joel Ferry has appointed Richard “Mick” Thomas as the new director of the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. He begins his new position today and replaces John Baza, who served as the division’s director for 18 years and retired after 30 years in the industry.

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Statement on Great Salt Lake litigation

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 21, 2023) – Yesterday, the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Rights, and Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands joined together to file motions to dismiss litigation alleging the state is required to curtail vested water rights in the interest of maintaining a specific level in the Great Salt Lake.

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Great Salt Lake Basin Integrated Plan open house

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 5, 2023) – Upon completion of the draft Work Plan for the Great Salt Lake Basin Integrated Plan, the Utah Division of Water Resources, in collaboration with the Bureau of Reclamation, will be holding a virtual open house on Thursday, Dec. 7. 

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Great Salt Lake airboat named in honor of Utah Speaker of the House

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 15, 2023) – At 10:45 a.m., state officials and legislators will gather on the south steps of the Utah State Capitol to celebrate Speaker Brad Wilson’s service to the state of Utah.

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Water Condition Updates

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

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Utah authorities challenge BLM’s travel management decision

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 2, 2023) – The Utah Attorney General’s Office has filed a petition with the Department of the Interior to stop the implementation of the Bureau of Land Management’s travel management plan, which would close access to hundreds of miles of roads and trails in the Labyrinth Rims/Gemini Bridges area north of Canyonlands National Park.

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