Provo River Delta Restoration Project

The purpose of the Provo River Delta Restoration Project is to facilitate the recovery of the endangered June sucker, a fish species that occurs only in Utah Lake, and in doing so restore the lake's natural ecological processes which have been altered over the last century.  The project will provide new and enhanced outdoor recreational opportunities and protected open space, which are considered key ingredients to healthy communities and which contribute to a high quality of life. The project also helps ensure water development projects needed for growing populations along the Wasatch Front stay on track. For more information about the project please see our Autumn 2017 Newsletter and informational video below.

 

LAND APPRAISALS & ACQUISITION

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Over the last six months we have continued to acquire property needed for the project.  Property has been acquired from three of the five different landowners whose property is needed for the project. A map of the land acquisition status can be found on our Project Maps page. 

WILDLIFE MONITORING AND BIRD USE

We have initiated a bird monitoring and movement study to collect baseline information of the avian community presently using the project area. The monitoring and movement study will help us identify pre-existing bird/aircraft strike risk, understand how our project may influence these factors and what mitigation would be necessary to reduce this risk.  The Top 5 bird species observed during the first 6 months of monitoring include #1 Swallows (all species); #2 European Starling; #3 White faced-ibis; #4 Ring-billed gull; #5 Mallard. A summary of the first six months of data is summarized in our Bird Monitoring & Movement Study Story Map.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

Work continues on engineering designs for a berm that will surround the new delta area, and for a small downstream dam and water diversion features on the existing lower Provo River. These draft designs and cost estimates are scheduled to be completed later this fall. Draft engineering designs are also being prepared for a portion of Boat Harbor Drive that will be realigned to accommodate the new Provo River channel and connect to Provo City’s planned Lakeview Parkway. Designs for the new river channel and delta area continue to progress. A hydraulic model has been developed to assess and predict water inundation depths under different lake and river level scenarios. Model runs are also being used to inform a revegetation plan being prepared for the delta.

Expected vegetation communities within the restored delta area. Upland species will establish on the berm, emergent plants like bulrush will grow in the shallower parts of the delta, and rooted aquatic species will be present in the deeper delta ponds.

Expected vegetation communities within the restored delta area. Upland species will establish on the berm, emergent plants like bulrush will grow in the shallower parts of the delta, and rooted aquatic species will be present in the deeper delta ponds.


Provo River West Trailhead Cooperative Partnership

We have finalized an agreement with Utah Lake State Park to contribute funding towards the design and construction of an improved trailhead parking area just east of the State Park entrance. Project partners also include Utah County and the Utah Lake Commission, and designs are being developed in cooperation with Provo City and the Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has been assisting with field data collection. Initial clearing and grubbing work at the site is scheduled this fall. The new trailhead will be free to the public and amenities will include parking, restrooms, and trail and river access.

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