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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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State of Utah Updates Bear River Development Feasibility Study

The latest study regarding the Bear River Development (BRD) project has been released by the Utah Division of Water Resources and includes 13 potential reservoir combinations and pipeline alignments, as well as updated costs.

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OGM will implement culture of compliance in response to legislative audit

The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining’s (OGM) Oil and Gas Program recently underwent a legislative audit completed by the Office of the Legislative Auditor General. Audit results, as well as the division’s response, are available at OGM.Utah.Gov/Audit.

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Ogden Valley’s groundwater is sensitive to human use, research reveals

Urban and residential development in Ogden Valley prompted Utah Geological Survey (UGS) to study the quantity and quality of Ogden Valley’s surface water and groundwater. 

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State Engineer, Director of Utah Water Rights Announces Retirement

Kent L. Jones, P.E., the current state engineer and director of the Utah Division of Water Rights, has announced that he will retire from public service Nov. 16. Jones has spent almost 39 years with the division.

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