Stream Care Guide: A Handbook for Residents of Salt Lake County
Berni, L., Hubbard-Rice, M., Thompson, B., Taylor, S., Magnifico, S
Salt Lake County, Watershed Planning and Restoration Program
Clean, clear, free-flowing streams are something we all cherish in the Intermountain West, especially in highly urbanized areas such as Salt Lake County. Approximately 900 miles of streams, including the Jordan River, flow through Salt Lake County, providing water resources, floodwater pathways, wildlife habitat, and numerous recreational opportunities. Many of our daily activities can affect water quality, locally and far downstream. As a result, part of the responsibility of protecting our streams lies with you, the Salt Lake County resident. And, with much of the Countyâ€™s streamside acreage in private ownership, streamside residents can play an even bigger part in protecting stream health. In this guide youâ€™ll find out how you and your neighbors can: Prevent or minimize erosion problems, avoid flood losses, protect property values, preserve water quality, and contribute to the survival of fish and wildlife. The basics of stream care are straightforward, but they do require active participation. Every bit of stream care helps.