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Waterfalls at Gunlock State Park
Waterfalls stop flowing at Gunlock State Park

The waterfalls at Gunlock State Park have ceased to flow due to an operational modification of Gunlock Reservoir requested by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation. High levels of visitation have made it difficult for individuals and families to social distance themselves from others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wasatch Front Fault Zone
New study reduces risk in areas adjacent to Wasatch Front faults

A recently released four-year study by the Utah Geological Survey (UGS) provides new detailed mapping of faults along the Wasatch Front that are capable of surface rupture.

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Mountain biking at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Online Clearinghouse Keeps Recreators Informed Amidst COVID-19

In the wake of COVID-19, state and federal land managing agencies are coordinating together to help Utahns better navigate outdoor recreational opportunities, restrictions and changing conditions at both state and national parks, as well as other recreation areas statewide.

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Figure 3. Map of earthquake locations from the 2020 M5.7 earthquake
Update: One Week After the Magna, Utah Earthquake

The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) continues to provide emergency response to last Wednesday’s M5.7 earthquake in Magna and is now transitioning into analysis of the collected data. Field reconnaissance of various geologic effects from the earthquake is now finished, unless additional effects are located.

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Northern Utah Earthquake Update from Utah Geological Survey

Salt Lake City (March 18, 2020) – The epicenter of this morning’s northern Utah 5.7 magnitude (M) earthquake was north of Magna. As of 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, there had been 90 aftershocks. Additional aftershocks are expected at least over the next few days.

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Coronavirus updates
Coronavirus Updates: Minimizing Service and Resource Impacts

Updated March 25, 2020

During these unprecedented times, the health and safety of our staff and customers is most important. To comply with the Coronavirus Community Task Force’s recommendation to social distance, the majority of our agency staff is teleworking.

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Governor Herbert appoints Teresa Wilhelmsen as new state engineer

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 13, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Teresa Wilhelmsen, P.E., as state engineer and director of the Utah Division of Water Rights. Wilhelmsen has worked for the division for the past 23 years and currently serves as assistant state engineer.

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West Valley fault area
New Strands of West Valley Fault Highlighted by Utah Geological Survey

The Utah Geological Survey recently published a geologic map that includes new strands and increased accuracy of the southern parts of the West Valley fault zone, in the middle of the Salt Lake Valley. Previous geologic maps of the area either showed the fault zone in less detail than the new map, or did not show the fault zone at all.

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Director of Utah Division of Water Resources Appointed

Todd D. Adams has been appointed to head the Utah Division of Water Resources. Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Brian Steed selected Adams to replace Eric Millis who retired after nearly 32 years with the division, six of those as the director.

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Director of Utah Division of Water Resources Announces Retirement

After serving as director of the Utah Division of Water Resources for the past six years, Eric Millis will retire from public service Dec. 16. Millis has spent nearly 32 years with the division working on a variety of projects that support the division’s mission to “plan, conserve, develop and protect Utah’s water resources.”

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