#Drought intensifies in #Utah and the West amid searing heat, no rain: Reservoirs shrinking, farm fields fallowed, harmful algal blooms hit — The Deseret News

Map of the Virgin-Muddy River watershed in UT, NV and AZ in the United States, part of the Colorado River Basin. By Shannon – Background and river course data from http://www2.demis.nl/mapserver/mapper.asp, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9917538

Click the link to read the article on The Deseret News website (Amy Joi O’Donoghue). Here’s an excerpt:

Heat and dwindling water supplies have combined to result in an outbreak of a harmful algal bloom in the Virgin River watershed, according to the latest drought update issued by the Utah Division of Water Resources.

Southern Utah saw little to no precipitation in May and both Cedar City and St. George tied records for the driest May in 127 years.

Utah Drought Monitor map June 7. 2022.

The U.S. Drought Monitor this week shows that nearly 6% of Utah has reached exceptional drought, the absolute worst category.

West Drought Monitor map June 7, 2022.

Other states in the West are faring no better in this generational drought, with Nevada with more than 21% of its land mass in the exceptional category and California approaching 12%.

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