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SUSTAINABILITY HAPPENINGS - May 2022

Moab’s Water Future
by Richard Lory, Moab City Sustainability VISTA

The La Sal Mountains, prominent and magnificent, transform not only the people that climb them, but also the air that rises over them. As air hurdles over these peaks, climbing higher and higher, it cools down enough for water to condense, and precipitate. This marks the beginning of Moab’s water journey, above ground, and below.

Ideally, Moab wants the water to be released slowly. A good snow pack, and gradual warming into the summer months will ensure a reliable source of water as it has enough time to infiltrate into the ground and recharge our aquifers.
The La Sal Mountains, prominent and magnificent, transform not only the people that climb them, but also the air that rises over them. As air hurdles over these peaks, climbing higher and higher, it cools down enough for water to condense, and precipitate. This marks the beginning of Moab’s water journey, above ground, and below.

Ideally, Moab wants the water to be released slowly. A good snow pack, and gradual warming into the summer months will ensure a reliable source of water as it has enough time to infiltrate into the ground and recharge our aquifers.

Unfortunately, reliable surface water flows, and aquifer recharge, are being put at risk by increasing environmental pressures. Snowpack could lessen and melt quicker. Drawn out, soaking rains may be replaced by monsoonal torrents. Quick releases of water, combined with dry (or burnt) soils, and our own impermeable surfaces, lead to less infiltration and quick runoff, resulting in flooding. Instead of water being captured by our plants, soils, and wells, it leaves the system, flowing into the Colorado river and taking invaluable topsoil, and pollution with it.

Moab is not in an emergency situation, however, it is crucial to be proactive. With a growing population, how can we reduce the amount of water each person uses per day? How can we slow water down and keep it, and our soils, in town?

Landscaping for residential and commercial purposes accounts for the largest portion of water consumption. Waterwise landscaping can help to create beautiful yards that are efficient. Impermeable surfaces increase runoff and decrease infiltration. Incorporating waterwise landscaping and green stormwater infrastructure can help to keep water and soils in town, while adding beauty and reducing heat. Updating our infrastructure, such as low-flow toilets, fixing leaks, utilizing graywater, harvesting rainwater, and many more solutions are available to us. To build a resilient community we must be proactive. Visit moabcity.org/sustainability for more information on water conservation.

Unfortunately, reliable surface water flows, and aquifer recharge, are being put at risk by increasing environmental pressures. Snowpack could lessen and melt quicker. Drawn out, soaking rains may be replaced by monsoonal torrents. Quick releases of water, combined with dry (or burnt) soils, and our own impermeable surfaces, lead to less infiltration and quick runoff, resulting in flooding. Instead of water being captured by our plants, soils, and wells, it leaves the system, flowing into the Colorado river and taking invaluable topsoil, and pollution with it.

Moab is not in an emergency situation, however, it is crucial to be proactive. With a growing population, how can we reduce the amount of water each person uses per day? How can we slow water down and keep it, and our soils, in town?

Landscaping for residential and commercial purposes accounts for the largest portion of water consumption. Waterwise landscaping can help to create beautiful yards that are efficient. Impermeable surfaces increase runoff and decrease infiltration. Incorporating waterwise landscaping and green stormwater infrastructure can help to keep water and soils in town, while adding beauty and reducing heat. Updating our infrastructure, such as low-flow toilets, fixing leaks, utilizing graywater, harvesting rainwater, and many more solutions are available to us. To build a resilient community we must be proactive. Visit moabcity.org/sustainability for more information on water conservation.

 

 
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ACT Campground in Moab, Utah is the perfect destination for your family adventures! We’re proud to be an environmentally-friendly,ecologically-conscious property by incorporating natural resources and ‘green’ thinking! If you’re seeking outdoor adventures,Moab offers lots of activities for every interest group. From Jeep Crawls to rock climbing, and bicycling to shopping- Utah has it all! ACT Campground is the perfect location to explore nature and unwind with family and friends!

ACT Campground websiteWe value special memories;that’s why we offer modern amenities,incredible views,and unforgettable experiences near the well-known Arches National Park.

We offer lots of ways to stay: RV sites, bunk rooms, tent camping, standard rooms, and lodges. At ACT, you’ll have access to deluxe bathrooms and showers, a fantastic patio and grill,and a fully-equipped community kitchen-all are welcome to enjoy!

Outside of things to do around the area,ACT Campground hosts regular events that are perfect for all ages and groups-when you open up outside,the possibilities are limitless! ACT Campground is host to fun and exciting gatherings like movie nights, campfire socials, and game nights.

Things to do off-site? Moab is at your fingertips! We’re located near majestic formations,spectacular wineries, and breathtaking vistas that truly represent the spirit of Utah! ACT Campground offers everything you and your family need to make the most of your vacation.

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