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Tuesday, November 15 • 3:35pm - 4:00pm
Provo River Delta Restoration: Suckers, Rollerblading, and More!

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Provo River Delta Restoration: Suckers, Rollerblading, and More!
Although the Provo River is not located within Salt Lake County, it serves as a major drinking water source for Salt Lake County residents. It is also the largest tributary to Utah Lake, which feeds Salt Lake County’s largest river. Since European settlement in the 1800’s, both Utah Lake and the Provo River have been affected by water development and river management projects involving the construction of dams, water diversions, pipelines, dikes, and pumping systems. These alterations to the river and lake ecosystem have impacted the endangered June sucker (Chasmistes liorus) which occurs naturally only in Utah Lake and spawns primarily in Provo River.

As recent water development projects have been planned and constructed, commitments have been made to aid in the recovery of the June sucker. The Provo River Delta Restoration Project (PRDRP) will address several of these commitments by restoring a more natural delta ecosystem essential for a healthy June sucker population. Currently, June sucker recruitment is severely limited in part because of degraded rearing habitat. The PRDRP will redirect the lower 1.5 miles of the lower Provo River channel into a restored delta while still preserving the existing lower river channel as a recreational amenity. The delta restoration will remove artificial levees, re-connect the river and lake with adjacent wetlands, restore natural fluvial processes and ecological conditions, and re-establish and reconnect habitats. Restored rearing habitat will support juvenile June sucker until they are capable of surviving in the larger open water environment of Utah Lake.

Another major component of the PRDRP will be to enhance and expand recreation opportunities in the area. Currently, the Provo River Parkway Trail along the lower existing river channel receives heavy recreational use for activities including fishing, rollerblading, jogging, and biking. The PRDRP includes commitments to preserve and enhance the recreation experience along the existing lower river channel by providing minimum instream flows and installing an aeration system to improve water quality. The PRDRP will also develop new trailheads, viewing towers, and additional trails around the restored delta area. These recreation features are being designed in close coordination with numerous stakeholders including Utah County, Provo City, and Utah Lake State Park.

The PRDRP is a joint effort of the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program, the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission, the U.S. Department of Interior's Central Utah Project Completion Act Office, and the Central Utah Water Conservancy District. A Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision were published for the project in April and May of 2015, respectively. Currently, property for the project is in the process of being acquired and detailed designs for the delta area and various recreation features are being developed. Project construction is anticipated to begin in 2018.

This presentation will familiarize listeners with the PRDRP, highlight the watershed connections between Provo River and Salt Lake County, and provide insights into the complexities and groundwork involved in implementing large-scale restoration projects.

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Melissa Stamp

Project Coordinator, Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission
Melissa Stamp has worked as a Project Coordinator for the Mitigation Commission since November 2015. Prior to joining the Commission, she worked as an Education Assistant at Red Butte Garden developing educational mobile games, teaching summer camps, and leading school field trips... Read More →

Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:35pm - 4:00pm MST
Room 104/105 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City UT 84119