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Weekly Drought and Water Updates

The Utah Divisions of Water Rights and Water Resources are providing weekly drought and water updates. The report includes information like current drought conditions, water storage, stream flows and water rights allocations.

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Weekly Snapshot of Utah’s Wildfire Activity

The Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is providing weekly Utah Wildfire Activity updates. The report includes year-to-year comparisons; leading causes of human-caused wildfires; wildfire prevention tips and a future weather outlook.

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Great Salt Lake Nears New Historic Low

Reports that the Great Salt Lake has dropped below its historic low elevation of 4,191.35 are premature. The Utah Division of Water Resources is following the lake’s elevation closely and expects it will drop below that point in the coming days.

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UGS launches “Utah Arch Challenge,” Online Voting Underway

The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) launched has launched an online tournament called “Utah Arch Challenge” to pit some of Utah’s well-known and lesser-known natural arches and bridges against each other for statewide geologic superiority.

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The first complete shoulder of an adult Utahraptor ever found was uncovered from the megablock in 2020. Also visible are a femur, jaw, ribs, and other bones.
Utahraptor Megablock Continues to Reveal New Discoveries

It has been one year since Utah’s most spectacular dinosaur fossil block, the 18,000-pound Utahraptor megablock, moved from Thanksgiving Point to a new dedicated fossil preparation lab at the Utah Geological Survey (UGS). In that year new unanticipated discoveries hidden within the block have been found. 

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image of Rory Reynolds, new interim director of wildlife resources.
Interim director named for Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

With the pending retirement of Mike Fowlks, director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Executive Director Brian Steed has named Rory Reynolds, current DNR deputy director, to serve as DWR interim director.

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Industrial Arch in Salt Lake City
Utah Geological Survey Launches 2021 Calendar of Utah Geology

The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) recently released the 15th edition of its popular Calendar of Utah Geology. The photographs often focus on remote locations found by UGS scientists working in the field, and this year’s calendar has plenty of remote and isolated scenery.

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Refined copper
Utah One of the Top 10 States for Mining, Production Value up in 2019

The recently released Utah Mining 2019 report issued by the Utah Geological Survey(UGS) shows Utah’s mining production increased by 2.4%, or over $90 million, last year. The state’s total extractive resource value in 2019, including oil and gas, was estimated at $6.5 billion, with mining representing 60%, or $3.9 billion, of the total value.

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Federal Government Removes Gray Wolves from ESA

The State of Utah applauds the delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). States are often best positioned to appropriately manage wildlife populations. With the number of wolves growing across the West, we believe it is time to allow the states to take the helm.

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