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Alta 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...
2008-03-19
Dry Creek is a water feature, and hazard, in River Oaks Golf Course.
2009-05-06
Dry Creek empties into the Jordan River at River Oaks Golf Course.
2009-05-06
The next drainage south of Big Cottonwood, Ferguson Creek can dwindle to a trickle during midsummer and dry up in autumn.
2009-07-24
Ferguson Creek Canyon is a popular spot for rock climbing.
2009-07-24
Water tanks like this one at the mouth of Ferguson Creek store water for culinary use. Gravitational forces acting on water leaving the tank build a head that delivers water pressure to homes lower in elevation.
2009-07-24
White Pine Fork is one of the largest tributaries of Little Cottonwood Creek.
2008-09-04
Red Pine Lake gets its name from the popular term for Douglas fir in the late 1800s.
2008-09-04
There are two, adjacent ponds at the top of Maybird Gulch, a popular hiking spot.
2008-09-04
Maybird Gulch is named after the Maybird mine, although it was originally known as Miner's Gulch.
2009-07-24
John Woolley set up a sawmill at Hogum Fork in 1854. Loggers would cut down trees and then push the logs down slides created on the mountainside. They preferred doing it in spring when there was still snow on the ground and the logs would slide...
2009-07-24
Coalpit Gulch takes its name from the period when coal or charcoal was used to smelt metal. Men would log and burn timber to create charcoal. This was unacceptable to many, as timber in the canyon was desperately needed to shore up the mines....
2009-07-24
A.O. Whitmore first diverted water near Coalpit Gulch to generate electricity for charging batteries for his Baker Electric car franchise. Later he used the water to power compressors for mining and timber production, including the excavation of...
2009-07-24
Water diverted into intake pipes builds a head sufficient to run a turbine and generate hydropower.
2009-09-04
Murray City generates power for its residents from a hydropower operation in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Water is diverted approximately two miles from the canyon mouth.
2009-09-04
In late summer when flows are low, there sometimes isn't any water left in the streambed. Water rights holders, like power companies and irrigators, have the right to divert water, which can effectively dewater a stream, if their rights are...
2009-09-04
Wasatch Resort is nestled next to Little Cottonwood Creek near the canyon mouth.
2009-09-04
The Little Cottonwood Creek Nature Trail in the lower reaches of the canyon provides access to the stream and spiritual regeneration.
2009-09-04
Even though there are risks building on a flood plain, homes located in mouths of Wasatch Front canyons are high priced real estate. Once water leaves the canyons, its no longer part of the watershed, and the Salt Lake City Department of Public...
2008-10-20
In early autumn when flows are low, there sometimes isn't any water left in the streambed.
2008-10-20
What could be a dry streambed in autumn fills with snowmelt in spring and becomes a destructive torrent.
2010-06-09
Operators of Little Cottonwood Water Treatment Plant use a parshall flume and gauge house approximately .5 mile above the plant to measure water coming into the plant. Water from Bells Creek can enter via an aqueduct at the lower right.
2008-07-28
In midsummer water pooling at the Little Cottonwood Water Treatment Plant diversion is clear and placid.
2008-07-28
In late spring, when snowmelt runoff is at its highest, stream water entering the Little Cottonwood Water Treatment diversion can be raging and muddy. Debris can be a problem. Crews have to pull it out with backhoes.
2010-06-09
The Little Cottonwood Water Treatment Plant is designed to treat 125 million gallons of water per day. Water comes from Little Cottonwood Creek and Deer Creek Reservoir.
2009-08-12
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