Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need a delta restoration project? The Provo River Delta Restoration Project is needed to restore a naturally functioning delta ecosystem to facilitate recovery of June sucker, a fish endemic to Utah Lake and listed as an Endangered Species. The current condition of about the last 1.5 miles of Provo River does not support a healthy ecosystem as it once did. June sucker are particularly impacted by its deep, channelized (artificially restricted by dikes) nature. To restore natural conditions and greatly improve the ecosystem, to the benefit of all fish and wildlife, it is necessary to restore a naturally functioning delta.
How would a delta improve current conditions? The habitat a delta ecosystem provides would allow us to overcome the primary obstacles limiting June sucker's survival and growth to reproduce, which is one of the steps necessary to achieve June sucker recovery and ultimately its removal from the Endangered Species List.
But I like all the existing trails, fishing, wildlife, and recreational opportunities? Loss of recreational opportunities is one of the most common concerns we have heard from the public. Recreational development will be an integral element of the project. While some existing trails may need to be relocated, interconnecting trail systems will still be integrated into the project, along with wildlife observation towers, non-motorized boat launches, angler-access parking areas and more.
Wouldn’t the project create a lot of mosquito habitat? Mosquitoes are another major concern raised by many individuals. The extent to which the project would increase mosquito habitat was analyzed and described in the project's Environmental Impact Statement. The Mitigation Commission will continue to provide funding to Utah County for monitoring mosquito populations in the project vicinity. This information will be used to guide mosquito control efforts as we begin to construct the project.
Why save the June sucker? The June sucker is an indicator species and the fact it is struggling indicates a larger problem with the Utah Lake ecosystem. By helping June sucker, we help the ecosystem in which it lives, which has benefits for fish and people alike. Moreover, the livelihood of the June sucker is tied to area water development. Past water development in Wasatch and Utah Counties contributed to the endangerment of June sucker; the Endangered Species Act requires we take measures to recover June sucker to ensure continued development and operation of water projects to meet current and future water needs.