"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."
"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.'"
"When Mormon pioneers traversed Emigration Canyon on the final leg of long and difficult trek to find their mecca and Brigham Young proclaimed, 'This is the place,' he was looking over our pristine valley surrounded by a great protective wall of mountains and watered by seven blue veins of life. Those creeks are all tributaries of the artery now known as the Jordan River whose rich plains and creek beds provided for our earliest pioneers the essentials for life in this high and hostile desert."
"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."
"Imagine being able to walk or ride a bike from your house, along a stream, to any of the seven canyons of the Wasatch mountains. Imagine narrow, natural corridors, where fish swim in the stream with birds chirping in the trees, stretching from the Jordan River to the top of the Wasatch canyons. This is the vision of the Seven Canyons Trust: that one of Utah’s greatest assets, the Wasatch Front Mountains, would be connected to the Jordan River along urban trails and restored creeks, as it was 100 years ago."
"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!"
"Burying streams and channeling storm water into pipes and paved channels causes more flooding, whereas more natural stream systems can retain excess water and naturally filter it.
In addition to the flooding, researchers reported last year nitrates travel much farther in buried streams than open ones. Nitrates, which enter water via both farms and industry runoff, are necessary for plants but if they build up too much in water can result in harmful blooms of algae, which are toxic to fish."
"Students, instructors and local citizens found that the water running out of our beautiful Wasatch mountains should not only contribute to our health and well being, but be showcased to anyone who visits the capital city. 'The journey the water takes from the Wasatch Mountains to the Jordan River should unify all the communities and ecosystems,' the group declares."
"Replacing green with grey, the creeks were traded for bricks and mortar. Gone were the natural, open space veins transporting clean drinking water, as well as, fish, mammals, and birds from the Wasatch Mountains to the Jordan River. Gone were the ecosystem services, nutrient retention, flood mitigation, and erosion control to name a few, that these creeks provided."
"When the little stream and its tributary in the Rock Creek area of northwest Washington were channeled into a buried pipe, they carried away not only the runoff from this leafy section of the city but also pollution, which would make its way to the beleaguered Chesapeake Bay. Other cities saw similar problems. What's more, paving and piping often make flooding worse.
That's why in recent years many cities have been undoing the past century's drainage projects, uncovering or "daylighting" buried streams."
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.
"Uncovering buried streams has had huge impacts in places as diverse as Seattle, Washington, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and even Seoul, Korea—improving local water quality, providing habitat for fish and birds, and turning neglected parking lots and roads into public parks that boost neighbors' property values and can revitalize entire cities."
"EPA scientists and engineers are now learning that buried streams may cause problems with our water quality and have offered up a simple solution: unbury the streams. Daylighting is actually the technical term for “unburying” these rivers and streams."