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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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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."

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.'"

Brewery coming to the Folsom Trail

Brewery coming to the Folsom Trail
"The Grid City team sees the Euclid neighborhood as an emerging neighborhood that already has some great amenities like the Red Iguana, plans for the Folsom Trail, new residential development and the welcoming stewardship of the River District Business Alliance."

Personal park

Personal park
"Nestled in the heart of a South Salt Lake neighborhood is Mill Creek Pond — a treasure trove of wildlife teeming with migratory birds and delicate wetlands. It's an area that surrounding homeowners take pride in caring for as they have for the past five years."

Development in canyons destroy legacy

Development in canyons destroy legacy
"Salt Lake City’s greatest legacy is the protection of our precious water resources. I hope that legislators will see HB135 for what it is — needless state overreach with no benefit — except for a handful of property owners in the Cottonwood canyons — but with the very real potential to forever jeopardize our watershed, on which we all depend."

Community Engagement

Community Engagement
"On April 22, 2017 (Earth Day) Westside Studio conducted community outreach with the aforementioned stakeholders to obtain input on the future Folsom Trail. Residents provided their input on various topics such as daylighting City Creek, trail recommendations, possible amenities, and development priorities."

Reuse of Costume building

Reuse of Costume building
"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."

Fountain reopened for less

Fountain reopened for less
"'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.'"

$1.9 million fix, questioned

$1.9 million fix, questioned
"'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."