“‘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.”
"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 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."
"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."
"According to the Seven Canyons Trust, 'daylighting Emigration Creek has the potential to improve water quality, mitigate flooding, improve access to nature, stimulate economic vitality, formulate a living laboratory for nearby schools, create walking and biking trail connections and design more livable cities to enhance the quality of life.'"
"For Tonetti, Seven Canyon’s focus is that of environmental justice. Many of the creeks were buried a century ago in an attempt to protect the water supply and prevent accidental drownings. Because how the city uses and treat water has changed in the last 100 years, Tonetti feels it’s time to uncover the city’s creeks."
"Enter the Prince Charming of our tale, an organization called Seven Canyons Trust. SCT aims to restore and reintegrate Salt Lake’s seven creeks by raising awareness with true love’s magical kiss—er, wait. Actually, it’s a relay race taking place May 14 called Range 2 River Relay … twice as practical and just as fun!"