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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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Newly Discovered Utah Fossil Reshapes Understanding of Pangea

Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch; A small newly discovered fossil with great significance discovered in southeastern Utah.

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Kerry Gibson to Join DNR as Deputy Director

Salt Lake City (June 4, 2018) – Executive Director Mike Styler announced today that current Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson has accepted a deputy director position at DNR.

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State Announces Water Conservation Rebate Program

Water conservation just got cheaper for Utahns. A new statewide rebate program, Utah Water Savers, is now available thanks to a $750,000 ongoing appropriation from the state legislature.

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