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Hobbitville's Last Days

Hobbitville's Last Days

“In the 1930s, the Allens built a series of winding paths along Emigration Creek in the expanse of property east of the log house. They planted trees and shrubs and created nooks with benches and tables where visitors could rest. They built fountains. They added cages and nesting boxes for Dr. Allen's growing collection of rare pheasants and other exotic birds.”

New gauges provide crucial data

New gauges provide crucial data

“Stream gauge measurements are key to understanding the relationship between precipitation and stream flow (e.g., how quickly stream flow reaches its peak), which can vary significantly depending on the level of watershed development.”

Monitoring Salt Lake County streams

Monitoring Salt Lake County streams

“Reliable water quality data is critical to understanding the overall health of our watershed, specifically how development and other landscape-altering activities can impact the health of our streams.”

City plans plant in Canyon Road Park

City plans plant in Canyon Road Park

“[Greater Avenues Community Council Chairman Brian Berkelbach] said it is important that ‘we preserve the historical and cultural connection between the city center and City Creek which gave life to the city in its earliest day and continues to this day as a reverent and peaceful place.’”

Kids Organized to Protect the Environment

Kids Organized to Protect the Environment

“The next year, students learned that developers intended to cover the stream and build big box stores, office buildings and a parking lot over the block. However, they were convinced the stream could be rehabilitated and would be an asset to the businesses.”

Denver accelerates daylighting

Denver accelerates daylighting

“City leaders are ramping up what they describe as a massive, restorative “daylighting” of buried water channels wherever possible — cutting through pavement and re-engineering old streams and canals to create up to 20 miles of naturalistic riparian corridors.”

Now is the time to bring [beavers] back

Now is the time to bring [beavers] back

“[Jim Ehleringer] felt eradicating them would not accomplish much other than degrading the ecology of the canyon, which had been a research natural area administered by the U.S. Forest Service for more than a decade.”

Art that goes with the flow

Art that goes with the flow

“‘We are tracing a memory of water, laying new stories over old histories, drafting and redrafting our footsteps across the city,’ Sharrocks says in a speech as the last volunteers are tied on.”

Assessing stream health

Assessing stream health

“Streams are dynamic. In a healthy stream system, stream banks move as erosive forces shape and reshape the channel and floodplain. Stream bank and bed mobility is a natural phenomenon. A stream is considered “stable” when the water flow and sediments carried by the channel do not cause excessive changes to the width, depth, cross-sectional area, and slope of the stream.”

A jewel in the neighborhood

A jewel in the neighborhood

“‘It’s a little oasis on a creek in the city,’ said Lewis Kogan, Trails and Natural Lands program manager for Salt Lake City, describing the Wasatch Hollow Preserve. ‘It’s a remnant ecosystem that still looks like it did back when the pioneers entered the valley.’”

Relay raises funds

Relay raises funds

“On a soggy Saturday morning, 30 hardy people took to bicycles, jogging and boating the Jordan River to raise money to bring sunlight to a section of City Creek that flows underground.”

Benefits of Daylighting

Benefits of Daylighting

“For this reason, modern city planners and local governments have become interested in strategically removing underground pipes and restoring streams to a more natural state – a process known as daylighting.”

Alta controversial upgrades

Alta controversial upgrades
"'They are doubling down on the destruction of wetlands in our watersheds," said Carl Fisher, executive director of the environmental group Save Our Canyons."

The Silent Creek

The Silent Creek

"Landreth hopes Mapes Creek can be brought to the surface in these areas so that all in the neighborhood can enjoy it. To show contrast between the experiences at different creek access points, he snaps photos of people along different parts of the creek..."

Simmering conflicts over canyon land

Simmering conflicts over canyon land

"'This is all a great conversation to have, more broadly,' said Carl Fisher, executive director of Save Our Canyons. 'But to just kind of unilaterally run legislation to end what has been over a century of stewardship and protection of mountain and water resources immediately adjacent to the most populous areas of the state of Utah... really jeopardizes the Wasatch Mountains and public health.'"