The new vision and watershed efforts will regulate rainwater and provide more amenities.
A piece of green space along the Jordan River in the Rose Garden has been deemed “forgotten,” but now, after three years of building, community engagement and weeding, it’s an example of how we can help maintain and clean the waterway.
Salt Lake City Rose Park – Jordan River Watershed Project, located at 1000 North and Cornell Street, was completed this year. The facility’s goal is to improve water quality in urban runoff. It incorporates technology, such as lift station pumps and hydrodynamic separators to clean up contaminants. The city also included waterfalls to add oxygen to the water and expand land areas to further treat the water before it entered the river.
These efforts are in line with the vision of the various municipalities and bodies of the Jordan River in Jordan Jordan River Map Updatean update of a 2008 plan to make the driveway a vital amenity for communities.
What ranks higher among river neighbors and users? Water quality, quantity, maintenance, cleanliness and safety.
The Rose Park project is an “innovative way to think about stormwater management” Soren SimonsenThe Executive Director of the Jordan River Authority said Thursday. “These new basins, aeration, ponds and other facilities will change how water from the watershed or from the storm water drainage system reaches the Jordan River in a very different way.”
Help for the Great Salt Lake
Facing new challenges and new priorities Ari Browning, CEO of Envision UtahRiver Plan 2008 needs updating.
“[The Jordan River] It is an outdoor recreation center and the place to recharge and rejuvenate. It has ways to exercise, and it is a place even to travel. And so, with this vision, this river can serve all of these purposes, even better than it did before.” Bruning said. “Now we have to roll up our sleeves, and we have to make this vision come true and leave a wonderful legacy here for our children and grandchildren.”
One of the problems with the Jordan River is Escherichia coli, an indicator of fecal contamination, said Judy Gardberg, director of the Watershed Protection Division in the Water Quality Division. Another concern is the amount of dissolved oxygen needed to sustain aquatic life in the lower reaches.
For E. coli, the department is working with municipalities to implement best practices, including educational programs for pet waste disposal and improved street sweeping, Gardberg said. The government agency is also studying ways to increase the fluxes to improve levels of dissolved oxygen.
The updated scheme also includes plans to preserve and expand the flood plain and better prepare for severe weather caused by climate change. It also includes guidelines for riverside growth, including the pointthe massive development planned for Draper on the site of a former state prison.
Go to the river festival
While residents wait for the full vision to blossom, they can treat the river as it is today.
The Ninth Committee has begun Go to the river festivala series of events along the Jordan River until September.
Every Friday of the month, there will be kayaking on different sections of the river. It starts Friday at 4 p.m. at Inlet Park in Saratoga Springs.
The festival also includes tree planting, weed pulling, and litter picking, along with bird watching, wildlife spotting and other fun activities.
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