Measuring success of River Restoration Projects: The Case of the Weber River, UT

Restoration efforts are underway worldwide to restore, improve, and preserve rivers’ ecological conditions. Restoration aims to minimize and limit human-caused environmental damage and bring rivers back to a functioning ecosystem habitat for threatened species. Federal, state, and local governmental agencies who participate in these projects are increasingly challenged to justify their approaches and expenditures. At … Continue reading Measuring success of River Restoration Projects: The Case of the Weber River, UT

The Not-So United States of Water Law

During the lead-up to and analysis of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, the United States was subdivided along almost every possible demographic category in an attempt to predict and understand the election outcome. Were water managers to construct electoral maps, they would use water rights to show instead that the county is divided geographically just … Continue reading The Not-So United States of Water Law

Yes for Cache Water District, Water Conservation, and more Holistic Management

Much discussion about creating a Cache Water District (Proposition 11) has focused on long-running, familiar, and—in my opinion—distracting debates to build new reservoirs or create new government. Instead, we should ask: when will we start managing water in Cache County to meet challenges posed by population growth, urbanization, and uncertain climate? Also, how can we … Continue reading Yes for Cache Water District, Water Conservation, and more Holistic Management

Cache Water District – Information Central

Election Day—Tuesday November 8, 2016—is fast approaching with much discussion here in Cache County, Utah on whether to vote for/against Proposition 11 to create a Cache Water District. Below is a compilation of information I’ve so far seen representing various viewpoints for, against, and in between. Information is grouped by info the County released, related … Continue reading Cache Water District – Information Central

A new tool for wetland management

Thanks to the publicity efforts of Matt Jensen in the USU College of Engineering, our recently published paper that describes a new systems modeling tool to manage water and invasive vegetation in wetlands has been getting media attention. To date, there are articles in 8 online and radio outlets: Phys.org Cage and Aviary Bird Magazine … Continue reading A new tool for wetland management