State Water Plan for the Uintah Basin

The Utah Division of Water Resources released its latest update to the state water plan this month and the Uintah Basin is its focus. Over the last 26 years, the state has devised statewide water plans as well as individual plans for each of the state’s 11 major hydrological river basins, of which the Uintah Basin is included. The new 127 page document released this month explains the current status of the water resources in the Uintah Basin and estimates the future demands that are expected to be placed upon those resources. The report estimates that approximately 9,113,000 acre-feet of precipitation falls on the Uintah Basin each year and nearly 8 million acre-feet of that is absorbed by natural systems leaving the Basin’s total yield or supply at about 1.1 million acre-feet. The report covers many factors including oil shale and tar sands water needs, municipal and industrial water conservation and management, and environmental matters, among other topics. The report can be downloaded at


Kristin Baldwin

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.