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Watershed Planning and Restoration Program

About the Watershed Program

Upper Mill Creek
View of Upper Mill Creek 

Program History

Several programs and departments within Salt Lake County Government have spent countless hours promoting water quality and planning since the late 1970’s. Between 1975 and 1978, the Salt Lake County Planning Commission acted as the Area-Wide Water Quality managing entity. 

On February 6, 1978, with the completion of the Area-Wide Water Quality Management Plan, Salt Lake County Government was designated the regional water quality planning authority by then Governor Scott M. Matheson. The primary goals outlined in the 1978 Plan were to provide a “continuous planning process directed toward achieving the policy of restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters of Salt Lake County.”

At this time, the Council of Governments (COG), in conjunction with the Salt Lake County Planning Commission, hired staff to conduct water quality planning and subsequently created the Water Quality and Water Pollution Department. The Water Quality and Water Pollution Department functioned as the primary water quality planning authority until 1985. 

In 1985, the Salt Lake County Health Department took over this responsibility. Liability was again shifted in 1992 when water quality planning was placed directly under the Salt Lake County Commission. This situation continued until 1997 when the Public Works Department of Salt Lake County again took on the charge of area-wide water quality planning. 

Projects

The following are a few examples of what the Watershed Planning and Restoration Program has accomplished over the past few years.

 

TYPE OF ACTIVITY NAME DATE
Wetland and Stream Restoration Willow Heights HGM Wetland Assessment 2003-2004
Wetland and Stream Restoration Dry Creek Restoration 700 East to 300 East 2003
Wetland and Stream Restoration Emigration Creek Restoration Project: Level III 2001-2002
Wetland and Stream Restoration Jordan River Restoration 13000 South 2002
Wetland and Stream Restoration Jordan River Constructed Wetland Project 7800 South 2002
Wetland and Stream Restoration Jordan River Restoration 3900 South 2002
Wetland and Stream Restoration Alta Wetland Fen Abandoned Mine Pilot Project 1996 – 2001
Wetland and Stream Restoration Brighton Basin Wetland Assessment 1996 – 1998
Wetland and Stream Restoration Jordan River Wetlands Acquisition (130 Acres) 1994 – 1998
Wetland and Stream Restoration 6400 South to Bullion Street 1991 – 1998
Wetland and Stream Restoration Decker Lake Restoration 1994 – 1995
Wetland and Stream Restoration Albion Basin Wetland Identification Project 1992-1994
Wetland and Stream Restoration Millcreek Restoration Projects 1992
Wetland and Stream Restoration Jordan River Wetland Advance Identification 1984-1986
Water Quality Jordan River Water Quality Assessment 2004
Water Quality Emigration Canyon Water Quality Assessment 2002
Water Quality Wasatch Canyons Stormwater Assessment 1989 – 1992
Water Quality 303(e) Jordan River Assessment 1991
Water Quality National Urban Runoff Project 1979 - 1981
Stream Assessments Urban Streams Bank Stability Assessment 2003 – 2005
Planning Amendment to the Area-Wide Water Quality Management Plan 2005
Stakeholder Participation Jordan River Watershed Council 1978 – 2001
June 2005 – present
Data Collection and Assimilation GIS Mapping of Urban Creeks 2003 – 2005