It’s not just Utah Lake, isotope science says, and sources change over time

June 27, 2019— Utah’s Jordan River, according to University of Utah professor Jennifer Follstad Shah, is a hard-working river, supporting a growing population of more than 1 million people. But underneath all of the irrigation canals and reclamation discharge, new research shows, are natural water sources that continue to shape the character of the Jordan River.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association and funded by the National Science Foundation, the Jordan River Farmington Bay Water Quality Council and the University of Utah Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

“It already is an engineered river,” Shah says. “I would say that we're not going to get away from that. There's a lot of really dedicated, smart people who are working to make it a more sustainable river in general that everybody can enjoy.”

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