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Watershed Planning and Restoration Program

Jordan River Watershed Council

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The Jordan River Watershed Council is dedicated to the ecological and economic sustainability of the Jordan River watershed through the promotion of stakeholder involvement.


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Council History

The Jordan River Watershed Council was initially created in 1978 as a result of the 208 Area-Wide Water Quality Management Plan. The purpose of the Council was to propose implementable solutions to area-wide water quality and pollution problems and to oversee the centralization of wastewater treatment facilities in the Salt Lake Valley (see County Ordinance Title 17, Chapter 17.06 for details). After active participation for nearly 20 years, the Watershed Council became inactive in 1998 due to an increasing focus on implementation of restoration projects developed in the 1990's. However, several major issues currently face our watershed and have served to catalyze the revitalization of the Watershed Council. Namely, stakeholder involvement in the TMDLs for both Emigration Creek and the Jordan River and the proposed new wastewater treatment facility in Riverton are essential to a fair and efficacious process.


By means of open communication, collaboration, and education among all interested parties, the Jordan River Watershed Council seeks to:

  • Establish leadership of sustainable, long-term river, stream and groundwater stewardship.
  • Provide a centralized arena where watershed concerns may be addressed.
  • Promote public involvement in the management of our local watershed


The Jordan River Watershed Council is comprised of federal, state, municipal and county government representatives as well as eight different public and special interest stakeholder groups. Groups that have been identified for establishment as public and special interest stakeholder groups include: parks and recreation, agriculture and irrigation, Publicly-Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) and discharge permit holders, stormwater interests, environmental concerns, headwaters and water supply concerns, community councils, and planning and development.


Council composition

To learn more about watershed planning and implementation efforts throughout the State of Utah, visit the Utah Watershed Coordinators Council (UWCC) website,