January 2017 Council Meeting
Aquatic Invasive Species Program
Presentation By: Nate Owens, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
In 2016 the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources through the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program saw a large increase in boats being brought into Utah and at local water bodies. These increases put a great amount of stress on resources which are largely steeped in public outreach about AIS, coupled with pre-launch interdiction of watercraft and resultant decontaminations targeted on killing AIS being inadvertently transported by outdoor recreationists or other pathways.
The Division of Wildlife Resources is currently working towards:
• Implementation of “Local Boater Program at Deer Creek?”
• Continued revision & streamlining of data collection process
• Increased DWR involvement and coordination in support of State Parks
• Increased use of artificial substrates for early detection
For more information go to https://wildlife.utah.gov/threats.html
Current Water Quality Trends
Presentation By: Joe Crawford, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
The long-term trends for Total Phosphorus, Nitrate, and Total Organic Carbon (TOC) was discussed. Data was gathered from the late 1970s to present for Deer Creek and Jordanelle Reservoirs. Long-term trends show that water quality is improving.
2016 Water Quality Summary for Provo River Watershed
Presentation By: Alane Boyd, Desert Rose Environmental
The water quality results of the 2015 and 2016 water years was discussed. Trophic State for the two reservoirs was calculated. Jordanelle Reservoir is currently in the mesotrophic range (healthy). Currently, Deer Creek Reservoir is nearly eutrophic after being in the eutrophic range in 2015.
Phosphorus loads were calculated for the various sites throughout the watershed and presented.
For more details go the Water Quality Data Page.
Round Valley Hydrogeological Survey Update
Presentation By: Paul Inkenbrandt, Utah Geological Survey
The work completed through the Utah Geological Survey’s Round Valley Water Study was discussed.
70 Wells were measured to develop depth to groundwater maps. The wells were located in bedrock and valley fill.
Flow Measurements in the creeks were documented. Average flow from a number of agencies was gathered. Current measurements are below historical USGS data.
The UGS is currently gathering water chemistry data for Stable Isotopes and general chemistry. Also, preparing a water balance.
Work going forward will include:
● Compile well logs and create cross sections
● Interpret general chemistry and isotope data
● Calculate approximate water budget