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Videos Showing Destruction of Natural Arch, Hoodoos Likely Fake

Salt Lake City (Dec. 12, 2018) — The two videos from Monday depicting the destruction of an arch and hoodoos allegedly somewhere in Utah have been reviewed by the Intermountain West Regional Computer Forensics Lab in Salt Lake City,

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Utah 2017 Mining Production Value up Seven Percent, Totaled $3.3 Billion

Salt Lake City (Dec. 4, 2018) – The value of Utah’s mineral production in 2017 totaled about $3.3 billion and is up about 7 percent from 2016. This finding is presented in a new report by the Utah Geological Survey (UGS).

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Utah Geological Survey Launched 2019 Calendar of Utah Geology

The Utah Geological Survey (UGS), a division of the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), recently released the 13th edition of its popular Calendar of Utah Geology.

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Governor Herbert Issues Drought Executive Order

Salt Lake City (Oct. 15, 2018) – While recent precipitation has been beneficial, Utah remains in a serious drought. As a result, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued today an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency due to drought.

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Utah’s Drought Review and Reporting Committee Activated

Salt Lake City (Sept. 5, 2018) — For the first time in about ten years Utah’s drought conditions have reached a threshold that triggers the State’s statutory responsibility to convene Utah’s Drought Review and Reporting Committee. The committee will gather Monday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.

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Lake Powell Mussel Infestation Evolving; More Boats Impacted

Salt Lake City (Aug. 21, 2018) – Aquatic invasive species (AIS) personnel from the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have stopped more than 120 mussel-infested boats this year, most of which had visited Lake Powell, from launching at other Utah waterbodies.

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Park Rangers Aid United States Marshals Service in Fugitive Capture

Salt Lake City — DNR has about 120 law enforcement personnel. So often their good work goes unrecognized by the general public. They quietly work in remote and secluded areas of the state with professionalism, bravery and ingenuity; protecting the state’s abundant natural resources and helping the good people of Utah who are enjoying the outdoors.

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OGM Director John Baza Appointed to National Petroleum Council

Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (OGM) Director John Baza has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to serve as a member of the National Petroleum Council.

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Quail Creek Reservoir in March, photo taken by Blaine Cox by DWR.
Division of Water Resources Launches Open Water Data Portal

The Utah Division of Water Resources recently announced that Utahns can now easily access water use data through a new interactive data portal.

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DNR Executive Director Names New State Parks Director

Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Executive Director Mike Styler has named Jeff Rasmussen, deputy director of the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, as the Division’s new director.

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