Provo River Delta Restoration Project
Our Spring 2017 PRDRP Newsletter is now available.
Since completion of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and obtaining a Record of Decision in May 2015, we have been working hard to move the project into the design and construction phases. Significant progress has been made in the following areas:
LAND APPRAISALS & ACQUISITION
Final appraisals have been completed on all six parcels of property needed for the project and negotiations with landowners has begun. To date, one parcel has been acquired, two additional parcels are under contract and negotiations have been initiated with two of the remaining three property owners. A map of the land acquisition status can be found here.
Throughout this process, we are very much aware of our responsibility to both landowners and the tax-paying public. We are committed to treating landowners fairly while holding ourselves equally accountable for responsible use of public funds, which will be used to purchase land.
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. A summary of the first month of monitoring data can be found here.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS
Several contracts for final design and project construction have been awarded and the contractors are ready to begin work.
Allred Restoration Inc., which previously led the design and construction of the middle Provo River Restoration project in the Heber Valley, will provide final design and construction oversight of the aquatic habitat features of the project.
HDR Inc. will be designing recreational facilities associated with the project, including trails, parking areas, restrooms, river access, wildlife watching towers and other amenities. HDR and the project team will work closely with Utah County, Provo City and the local community to help design and locate the recreational facilities. HDR will also provide civil engineering services required for the realignment of a section of Boat Harbor Drive.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has been tasked to design and engineer a berm to be constructed on the south boundary of the restoration area. This berm will protect private lands south of the area from river flows and Utah Lake waters directed into the newly constructed river delta. The berm will also function as a new trail segment that will be interconnected with existing Utah County and Provo City trails in the area. The Bureau will also design a small dam across the current Provo River channel near Utah Lake State Park. The small dam will stabilize river elevations in the channel at near bankfull levels.
Central Utah Water Conservancy District has been tasked to design and provide construction oversight of a diversion structure that will divert flows from the current Provo River channel into the newly constructed channel and delta area. The diversion structure will allow a flow of 10-50 cubic feet per second (cfs) to continue down the old river channel, while ensuring spring spawning June sucker are directed into the restored delta habitat.