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Watershed Planning and Restoration Program

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> 6-Year Update of the Salt Lake Countywide Water Quality Stewardship Plan (WaQSP) is underway. Salt Lake County is working with HDR to update the 2009 WaQSP.


Announcing the new Stream Care Guide: A Handbook for Residents of Salt Lake County. This 57-page guide explores the basics of protecting water quality, streamside habitat, and property values. Creek Closeups explore the creeks of Salt Lake County in more detail.

Stream Care Guide

Improving the health of streams and water quality in Salt Lake County is the overarching goal of the guide. Streams are dynamic ecosystems that provide water resources, floodwater pathways, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. The healthier our streams, the better able they are to provide all of these important functions.

We hope that this guide will be used as an informational resource as well as one that motivates and inspires residents to identify and implement solutions in their own backyards. Whatever the scale, every bit of stream care helps.


For a free copy of the Stream Care Guide contact Lynn at 

Available as a pdf, in the following file sizes:

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


Learn more about the Stream Care Guide in this Wasatch Water Review article: New Salt Lake County handbook targets stream health (January 13, 2015)


> Congratulations to the Jordan River Commission, Center for Documentary Expression and Art, and Salt Lake County Watershed on being recognized by EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice for the Urban Waters Grant!  Read more..


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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.