Serious Drought Conditions in Uintah Basin

Even though fire season is winding down, the lack of precipitation has had a very traumatic effect on the area. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of October 23rd, 2018, moderate to exceptional drought covers 20.4% of the United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 20.5%. Extreme and exceptional drought—the worst categories— cover 4.0% of the nation, down from 4.1% last week. 43.5 million people are experiencing these drought conditions. Uintah Basin is suffering from Severe(D2) to Extreme (D3) drought. “We are in the middle of a significant drought,” shares Director of the Utah Division of Water Resources Joshua Palmer. “What people need to do is really simple: turn your [watering system] timer to the off position immediately. 16 of the state's reservoirs are less then 20 percent full, meaning if we don’t have a good winter we will be wishing we had conserved more this year.”

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.