Beyond the role these serve in introducing natural spaces to the public, daylighting projects boasts impressive environmental and economic benefits as well. Exposed streams and rivers absorb storm water runoff much better than underground pipes, not to mention the money this saves cities from having to repair old pipes that are being overused during storms.
"In the US, small and large cities, as well as recently many federal agencies, are getting more involved in urban river restoration. Restoration projects can have significant environmental benefits and community development opportunities, especially in underdeveloped areas."
"Daylighting a stream or river can increase property values and revitalize urban areas by offering a natural destination for members of a community. All told, the benefits of stream daylighting much outweigh the costs, making this method a component well worth considering in any city’s stormwater and drainage management strategy."
"According to Glascock, the developers are looking into daylighting a county-owned portion of Emigration Creek that passes through the property. The developers will be working with the county and the Seven Creeks Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to daylighting the county’s seven creeks."
"'A solution exists to preserve and restore the fountain,' said Goldsmith, among the thousands who once splashed and climbed around the 30,000-square-foot feature while learning — if they so chose — about the seven canyons and creeks that feed the Jordan River and the Great Salt Lake. "It doesn’t have to be demolished and redone. It would be a real tragedy.'"
"'Those are real stones, from real places, lovingly and carefully set,' he said... The fountain was built in 1993 as an interactive work of art to recreate Salt Lake's seven canyons and waterways — City Creek, Red Butte, Emigration, Parleys, East Mill Creek, and the Big and Little Cottonwood canyons."
"According to AARP Utah State Director Alan Ormsby, 'We are thrilled to provide this grant to the Seven Canyons Trust to help preserve the natural beauty of the Salt Lake Valley. AARP believes that supporting community organizations is one of the best ways to strengthen and enrich resources that benefit us all.'"
"This type of flood management strategy more closely mimics the natural water cycle–an approach called 'low-impact development.' Also known as 'green infrastructure,' it means designing systems that allow urban runoff to naturally infiltrate the soil instead of channeling it into pipes and storm drains."
“When urban rivers are forced underground into piping, that disrupts their whole behavioral pattern. But by daylighting these rivers and creating a more natural ecology, it makes the rivers more desirable. You then find that people actually care about and want to look after the river a lot more."
“If ever there was a story without a shadow, it would be this: that we as women exist in direct sunlight only. When women were birds, we knew otherwise. We knew our greatest freedom was in taking flight at night.”
"Those With Wings also serves as the culmination of a three-production Summer Series created by loveDANCEmore in collaboration with Seven Canyons Trust, celebrating the Jordan River."
"It’s a marvel that a city would want to bury their creeks underground. 'We have done this to so many of our creeks,' he says. 'And I’ve been working with students now, for many, many years on what I refer to as the Seven Canyons Trust.'"
"One idea behind Those with Wings is to restore a relationship between the westside neighborhood and the environmentally damaged Jordan River. The dance performance is a collaboration between Anderson’s organization loveDANCEmore and Seven Canyons Trust, a nonprofit with a mission to restore the seven creeks in the Salt Lake City watershed."
"The Folsom Corridor project is the group’s most ambitious project to date. When complete, the group hopes to daylight about two miles of City Creek. This project will link Salt Lake’s downtown to the Fairpark neighborhood with a route essentially following South Temple west to the Jordan River directly across from the Fairgrounds."
"Ivkovich fosters the belief that the environment is something we are composed of, not something outside us: 'There is a constant interchange between us and nature when we are breathing, and dancing heightens awareness of our breath. So when we dance we can't help but feel part of nature.'"
"The first performance of this summer series entitled there were trees took off last Thursday, May 25. The work was performed at Three Creeks Confluence, which is a wooded area right next to the Jordan River with three Utah creeks running under it. The first placement of audience chairs faced the river, within view of the sun sliding down the horizon."
"But just as nature will change its course, so will the philosophy and needs of urban planning, and in cities across the country, creek 'daylighting' — or returning them to a natural state — is taking hold. One such project involving Red Butte, Emigration and Parleys creeks will begin next year to expose 200 feet near their confluence with the Jordan River at 900 West and 1300 South."
"The just-funded Three Creeks Confluence project would restore the waterways’ above-ground stream beds, re-establish natural habitat for wildlife, and build a community park that would connect to the Jordan River Trail."
"According to Tonetti, Saturday’s outreach will be the first of several future community outreach events led by Seven Canyons Trust. Feedback from Saturday’s event will be incorporated with the student created data which will serve as a launching point for the Folsom Trail Corridor."
"For Tonetti, the parcel also provides an opportunity to raise awareness about his organization’s goal to daylight the Three Creeks Confluence, a block to the west near 1300 South and 900 West. The three creeks, Emigration, Parleys and Red Butte, flow beneath the parcel before converging with the Jordan River."