The Seven Canyons Trust is expanding the highly-successful website, MyJordanRiver.org, to the seven canyon creeks. Community members and students are invited to submit educational stops and stories, including poetry, photo essays, videos, text, quizzes, and more. Information will educate about watershed protection, individual action, and behavioral change to improve the creeks’ conditions. Stories will highlight cultural identity within each neighborhood and destinations significant to the community.
Users can report watershed and water quality concerns, such as erosion, water pollution, graffiti, and trash, to mitigate environmental injustices systemically. The expansion will include interactive trail maps for each creek, delineating areas of public access with details for fishing, bicycling, and other recreational activities. The multi-faceted approach will expose and immerse residents in their waterways and encourage continued exploration of the Valley’s watersheds.
The Jordan River Commission created the MyJordanRiver.org website, in partnership with the Center for Documentary Expression and Art and Salt Lake County Watershed Planning and Restoration, through an Environmental Protection Agency Urban Waters grant. It has proven beneficial by engaging the community and improving conditions along the Jordan River. Numerous reports have been filed and over 100 stops curated by students and the public, ranging from poetry to local flora and fauna.
The Seven Canyons Trust received a 2016 Capacity Building grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation and Toyota to fund the expansion. Working in collaboration with the Jordan River Commission and Braindunk, the framework for the MyCanyonCreeks.org websites has been built. With additional support from Wells Fargo in 2017, the Trust will release the seven, new interactive mobile websites in Fall 2017. This platform will span the east and west-sides, bridging cultural gaps as residents explore their hydrology, inform municipalities of water quality and social issues, and highlight stories, history, culture, and destinations significant to them.