Big Cottonwood Creek – one of the largest streams entering the Salt Lake Valley
Big Cottonwood Creek – one of the largest streams entering the Salt Lake Valley

Rising temperatures challenge Salt Lake City's water supply

November 15, 2013

By midcentury, warming Western temperatures may mean that some of the creeks and streams that help slake Salt Lake City's thirst will dry up several weeks earlier in the summer and fall, according to a new study, published November 1st in the journal Earth Interactions. The findings may help regional planners make choices about long-term investments, including water storage and even land-protection policies. Mike Hobbins of PSD is a co-author of this Western Water Assessment-led article.  Read more...


Bardsley, Tim, Andrew Wood, Mike Hobbins, Tracie Kirkham, Laura Briefer, Jeff Niermeyer, Steven Burian, 2013: Planning for an Uncertain Future: Climate Change Sensitivity Assessment toward Adaptation Planning for Public Water Supply. Earth Interact., 17, 1-26. doi:10.1175/2012EI000501.1