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Utah Lake: Facts, Fiction, Fun

Utah Lake: Facts, Fiction, Fun

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The official podcast for Utah Lake. Hosted by the Utah Lake Commission, this podcast discusses the facts, fiction and fun to do with Utah Lake. Topics include projects at the lake, answering questions and dispelling rumors, featuring popular recreation activities at the lake and more. Each episode aims to share the works and wonders of Utah Lake.

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The next few episodes will be part of a series, where we will share recordings of speakers from the Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands Science, Policy and Management Summit for Utah Lake. In this episode you will hear from Brian Steed the Executive Director of the Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water and Air at USU. Listen in to hear more about finding solutions to some pressing problems we have as a state and connecting land, water and air researchers to Utah problem solvers. Links from this Episode: Utah Lake, Science, Management, and Policy event: full video : USU Institute of Land, Water and Air:
In this episode you will hear all about some of the exciting updates regarding Utah Lake! These updates highlight the Life Jacket Loaner Program, Lake wide marina camera network, Saratoga Springs City Marina, Provo River Delta Project trail closer update and more! Listen in to find out more! Links from this Episode: Life Jacket Stations Marina Camera Live Feeds Saratoga south marina expansion Saratoga new north marina Provo River trail closure Ep. 46 - Living on the Utah Lake Shoreline Ep. 59 – Saratoga Springs Lakeshore Projects Ep. 61 - Vineyard Lakeshore Projects Ep. 71 - Windy Lookout Creation
Sam updates listeners on recent events and activities at the lake, the results of a recent tour of all 27 public access points, new staff hires, how the management plan is coming along and why NOW is the time to visit Utah Lake! Links from this Episode: Utah Lake Trail Plan Utah Lake Scavenger Hunt Email list
Ken Hoffman and Paul Burnett with Utah Division of Water Quality join Sam in discussing the Utah Lake Preservation Fund. This one-time grant of $30 million comes from ARPA, through the State Legislature, to Utah Division of Water Quality to Utah Lake. 18 projects received funding from the grant. We are excited to see the positive impacts on water quality at the lake, made possible in part by the Preservation Fund. Links from this Episode: Utah Lake Preservation Fund website
Looking for something fun to do at Utah Lake?? We've got you covered with this episode. Sam talks about 5 upcoming events at the lake. The Field Trips for 4th Graders, Summer Fishfest, Paddle with Care, Utah Lake Festival and Utah Lake Scavenger Hunt are coming soon! Listen in for dates, details, tips and more. We think Utah Lake is the "Greatest Lake on Earth" and we love that you feel the same way! Come to one of our events and learn more! Links from this Episode: Field Trips for 4th Graders Paddle with Care Summer Fishfest Utah Lake Festival Utah Lake Scavenger Hunt - last year's info
In this episode our staff will share a water supply update from the report the Utah Water Conservancy District has shared. Listen in to hear what the water supply and snowpack is, how it compares to previous years, how we rank here in Utah as well as the drought conditions in Utah and more specifically around Utah Lakes region. Some other things the report highlights is precipitation, SWE, and future forecast. You can click the link below to visit this report, which is a very useful tool that helps everyone to have updates on the recent weather data. Links from this Episode: Utah Water Conservancy District Water Supply Update
Utah Lake has so many exciting things happening! In this episode you will hear from our staff who will give you a quick preview of updates regarding Utah Lake. Currently the Utah Lake Conceptual Management Plan is being made and there is a 30-day comment period ending on March 22. Our staff gives more information about this plan along with news about the Utah Lake Festival, snowpack and water levels and more! Draft Management Plan available for comment Minor update to ULA Act Utah Lake Festival is back! Snowpack levels, water at the lake status ULA hiring a conservation biologist
In this exciting episode one of our staff members, Sam Braegger, shares six stories with some great experiences of his at Utah Lake. Listen in to hear all about Sam getting lost in the phragmites, seeing Utah Lake's beautiful ice stacks for the first time, waterfowl hunting and more! There are so many wonderful experiences we can have at Utah Lake and so many ways we can help others to have an even better experience than we have had! Links for this Episode: Lessons Learned by a First-Time Duck Hunter Ep. 13: Paddling Provo River Phragmites work on the lake
If you are looking to do some fishing, visit Utah Lake and participate in a fun competition listen in! This episode talks all about the Utah Lake Winter Fishfest that is going on right now! The Fishfest is a virtual online-only competition not a fishing tournament where participants congregate to compete. You will be catching a fish, taking a photo and repeating this process! In this episode our staff will explain all about the rules, qualifications, categories, ways to prepare and the exciting prizes you have the chance to win! Links from this Episode: Winter Fishfest Rules Registration Form
This is the final episode of our series from the Utah Lake Summit! Listen in to hear from Utah County Commissioner, Tom Sakievich, who discusses the enhancements of Sandy Beach. Some of the benefits to these enhancements are better and cleaner access, restrooms, and restriction of motor vehicle access in order to improve the shoreline.  Links from this Episode: Summit Youtube Recording of Speakers
This is our second to last episode of our series, from the Utah Lake Summit! Listen in to hear from Joel Ferry, Director of Utah Department of Natural Resources, and Representative Stratton and Representative Brammer who are both from the Utah State Legislature. Each of them give a different perspective on how all of the different partners are working together to help and enhance Utah Lake, as well as how much the state is invested in Utah Lake. Links from this Episode: Summit Youtube Recording of Speakers
Here is another episode in our series from the FFSL Science, Policy and Management Summit for Utah Lake! In this episode you will have a chance to hear from Eric Ellis the Director of the Utah Lake Commission, soon to be Utah Lake Authority. The Utah Lake Authority was created to further enhance care and management of the lake. Eric shares more information about the transition from the Utah Lake Commission into the Utah Lake Authority, as well as the work being done through this transition and its results. Links from this Episode: Summit Youtube Recording of Speakers 
In this episode of our series sharing recordings of speakers from the FFSL Science, Policy and Management Summit for Utah Lake, you will hear from John Mackey. John is the Director of the Division of Water Quality, and in this episode he will speak on what the water quality study is, how long its been going on, the goals that it is trying to accomplish, and what it means for the lake in providing long-term solutions to harmful algae blooms. Links for this Episode: Summit Youtube Recording of Speakers Water Quality Study
In this episode of our series sharing recordings of speakers from the FFSL Science, Policy and Management Summit for Utah Lake, you will hear from Candice Hasenyager, the Director at the Division of Water Resources. Listen in to hear all about the drought response and water conservation efforts that are happening, as well as the things we can do to help in a short-term and long-term way, to work to save the precious resources that we have. Links in this Episode: Summit Youtube Recording of Speakers
In this episode of our series sharing recordings of speakers from the FFSL Science, Policy and Management Summit for Utah Lake, you will hear from Teresa Wilhemsen. Teresa is the Director of the Division of Water Rights, and in this episode she explains more about how water rights function and how Utah Lake is managed around those water rights. Links from this Episode: Summit Youtube Recording of Speakers
In this episode our staff discusses Utah Lake's preservation fund and management plan. Currently the Utah Lake Commission is transitioning over to be the Utah Lake Authority. The Utah Lake Authority will provide a bigger budget and direct management authority that will provide a more focused work on Utah Lake. There will be more collaboration, communication and a comprehensive view of the lake and how to make it better. You will hear more about how this is coming together and the next steps the Commission is taking! Links from this Episode: Water Levels at Utah Lake KSL Snowpack levels Farmers Almanac report for Provo Recording of Utah Lake Authority meeting
This episode you will learn all about the Utah Lake Adopt a Shoreline Program. The Adopt a Shoreline program was created many years ago to address the issue of litter at Utah Lake and help to keep the shoreline litter-free. Listen in to hear more about the 45 sections of the lake that have either been adopted and are being cared for or have the opportunity to be adopted! Links from this Episode: Adopt a Shoreline Program
The Utah Lake fourth grade field trips are back!! These field trips are a way to educate 4th grade students in Utah Valley about Utah Lake. The presenters at these field trips are agencies and researchers at the lake who have volunteered their time to teach these students about topics including water conservation, water quality, water safety, wildlife and more! Listen in to hear more about this fun experience! Links from this Episode: Utah Lake Field Trips
As the drought is an ongoing concern this summer season with all of the heat, in this episode our staff decided to discuss some of the topics related to the drought. Some of these include the the drought in regards to the lake, tips from the slow the flow organization to decrease water usage, the impact you can make as well as work being done to try and enhance our efforts outside of just homeowners. Listen in to hear some of these informing topics. Links from this Episode: Understanding Utah Lake water levels blog post Slow the Flow website UtahLake.org water levels page Central Utah Water Conservancy District reservoir levels page KSL article - Gov. Cox comments on water conservation efforts Deseret News article - agriculture water optimization efforts CUWCD June water update
Boating is a blast and safety is key! There are a variety of people help to keep us safe and aware and in this episode we hear from two of the many. Ty Hunter from the Division of Outdoor Recreation and Devan Chavez from the Division of State Parks speak to us in this podcast episode about their efforts to help make people aware of boating and water safety, life jacket loaner programs, and some of the safety precautions you can take to stay safe. Links from this Episode: Big Roy life jacket video Boating.Utah.Gov HABS.Utah.Gov Utah Lake Life Jacket Loaner Program Utah Lake Blog: Rescue Story with Ty Hunter and Jason Allen
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