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Doughnut Falls in the Cardiff Fork drainage is a popular hiking destination.
2008-10-31
Mt. Millicent is part of the Brighton Bowl at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Late spring and early summer snowmelt provides approximately 50% of the flow in Wasatch Front streams. The rest comes from residual melting, rain and groundwater...
2008-02-29
In autumn when streamflows diminish, tributary creeks can appear placid. Yet remnant debris signals the ferocity of falling water in late spring and early summer.
2008-10-31
Like many tributary drainages in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Cardiff Fork once was the location of feverish prospecting for precious metals.
2008-10-31
Cross-country skiers work their way up Mill D North Fork to Dog Lake. At the top of the drainage, they can drop into Big Water drainage and ski down Mill Creek Canyon.
1984-02-12
Three drainages empty into Reynolds Flat Mill D South Fork (Cardiff Fork), Mill D North Fork and Days Fork. The open area provides space for two popular Forest Service campgrounds: Spruces and Jordan Pines.
2008-10-31
Two small creeks converge to form Butler Fork on the north side of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Hikers often spot moose in the well watered drainage.
2007-09-25
Water developers once called for a dam and reservoir at Argenta. Storing 12,000 acre-feet of water and covering 143 acres, the lake would have stretched back 1.25 miles to Cardiff Fork. The plan was voted down in a bond election after the Utah...
2008-10-31
Lake Blanche is one of the Three Sisters Lakes with Florence and Lillian in Mill B South Fork.
2007-08-14
Water needs in Salt Lake Valley were growing quickly at the turn of the 20th century. Dams were constructed in 1908 at the north and west ends of Lake Blanche to store more water for late summer drawdown. The lake is no longer used to store...
2007-08-14
Lake Florence is one of the Three Sisters Lakes with Blanche and Lillian in Mill B South Fork. Water needs in Salt Lake Valley were growing quickly at the turn of the 20th century. A dam was constructed in 1908 at the west end of Lake Florence...
2007-08-14
Brighton is one of four ski resorts that rely on the Salt Lake Valley watershed to do business. The Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities, U.S. Forest Service, and private property owners must strike a tenuous balance among sometimes...
2008-02-29
The outlet from Lake Florence becomes the inlet to Lake Lillian, a drop of approximately 100 feet between the two lakes.
2007-08-14
Lake Lillian is one of the Three Sisters Lakes with Blanche and Florence in Mill B South Fork. Water needs in Salt Lake Valley were growing quickly at the turn of the 20th century. A dam was constructed in 1908 at the west end of Lake Lillian to...
2008-08-14
Broads Fork on the south side of Big Cottonwood Canyon provided timber for the Mill B mine.
2008-08-29
Broads Fork empties into Big Cottonwood Creek approximately .75 miles west of Mill B South Fork. It's been called Broughts Fork, Brocks Fork, Borck Fork, Broads Gulch and Bordsfork.
2008-08-29
Rocky Mountain Power uses its non-consumptive water right at Storm Mountain to divert most of the water out of Big Cottonwood Creek. The forebay stores water and helps generate 156 pounds of static pressure for the Stairs Station about one mile...
2009-08-11
A four cfs flow from springs provides the only water in Big Cottonwood Creek just below the Storm Mountain forebay. The diverted water isn't repatriated into the creek until it reaches the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities' water...
2009-08-11
Built in 1895 the Stairs Station hydropower plant once supplied all of Salt Lake City's power needs and was the third largest power plant in the nation. The brick is so soft a fingernail can scratch it.
2009-08-11
A four-foot diameter penstock 3000-feet long brings water from the Storm Mountain forebay into the Stairs Station. Water pressure in the penstock forces the water to move slightly uphill into the turbine.
2009-08-11
Lake Mary is one of several lakes in the Wasatch Range that has been dammed to collect and hold more water for downstream use.
2008-07-15
Twin Lakes is one of several lakes in the Wasatch Range that has been dammed to collect and hold more water for downstream use.
2008-07-15
Brian Smith can control the water level of the reservoir at the Storm Mountain forebay by raising or lowering the turbine at Stairs Station, maintaining the water level at Storm Mountain to between three and four feet.
2009-08-11
The generator at Granite Plant is larger than the one at Stairs Station and can generate 1.3 megawatts at full load. It was built in 1896 to power the trolley car system in Salt Lake City. A wooden flume used to bring water from Stairs to...
2009-08-11
Once diverted Big Cottonwood Creek water leaves Rocky Mountain Power's Granite Plant, it enters the water treatment plant at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The plant is one of three run by the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities....
2009-08-11
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