Watershed Planning and Restoration
Watershed Planning and Restoration2001 South State Street N3-120PO Box 144575Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4575Phone: 385-468-6600Fax: 385-468-6603
A stream is a complex living system where the physical characteristics of the stream bed and the valley it’s contained within—including its shape, elevation drop, and soil types—interact with dissolved nutrients and organic matter in the water to create an environment rich with life.
Too often, streams are treated as drainage channels, with no other purpose than to move storm runoff (and all its associated pollutants) downstream as efficiently as possible.
Understanding and respecting steams as dynamic ecosystems will go a long way towards protecting water quality and stream health. In fact, streams do a better job of protecting us and our property during flood events when they’re healthy.