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Announcing the Utah Rivers Council 2016 RainHarvest Program  Pre-order discounted rain barrels now, quantities are limited!


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for the 10th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium, to be held November 15-16, 2016. We are seeking enthusiastic presenters interested in sharing their experiences and lessons learned! Abstracts due by August 5


Salt Lake County's UrbanUrbanWatersSpotlight Waters Grant (EPA) project Reawakened Beauty: Place Based Learning on the Jordan River is spotlighted on the Urban Waters Network website!




Click to learn more about the Watershed SymposiumSAVE THE DATE for the 10th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium!  November 15-16, 2016




Watershed Watch NewsletterCheck out the latest issue of our Watershed Watch newsletter!



Visit myjordanriver.orgVisit, the mobile app that turns the Jordan River Parkway  Trail into a nature center without walls!  



Stream Care Guide (7.5mb pdf)Find out how you can protect water quality and habitat, reduce streambank erosion, preserve property values, and prevent flood losses in the Stream Care Guide: A Handbook for Residents of Salt Lake County

Streams are dynamic ecosystems and they healthier they are, the better able they are to provide all of these important functions.

For a free copy, contact Lynn at

  1. Small file pdf (7.5mb)
  2. Large file, hi-res pdf (150.6mb)
    *best for viewing the maps*


New Salt Lake County handbook targets stream health (Wasatch Water Review, January 2015)


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What is the Watershed Planning and Restoration Program?

The Salt Lake County Watershed Planning and Restoration Program was created in 1997 and has engaged in numerous restoration, assessment, and planning activities since its inception. The primary goals of the program include assessment and restoration of streams and other water resources in the Jordan River sub-basin, stewardship planning, and environmental education outreach.

The scientific assessments and subsequent bioengineered restoration projects are carried out on a cooperative partnership basis with local municipalities, service districts and state/federal agencies. Notably, the program typically leverages local financial contributions with federal and state grants targeted at specific stream or lake restoration measures to accomplish its goals.

Jordan River riverbank before restoration (Location: Walden Park in Murray, UT)

Jordan River riverbank BEFORE restoration (Location: Walden Park in Murray, UT)


Walden Park riverbank AFTER restoration!

Walden Park riverbank AFTER restoration. Rubble and garbage cleaned up; steep slope graded into terraces and planted with native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.