Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2013UT189B

Quantification of Water Quality Improvements Through the 900 S Oxbow Restoration and Stormwater BMP Renovation Project

Institute: Utah
Year Established: 2013 Start Date: 2013-03-01 End Date: 2014-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $22,299 Total Non-Federal Funds: $36,295

Principal Investigators: R. Dupont

Abstract: A significant portion of Salt Lake City’s watershed was impacted by the Red Butte Creek oil release in June 2010. Releases of contaminants from this crude oil spill are significant as the Red Butte Creek discharges into the Lower Jordan River which is identified as Water Quality impaired due low dissolved oxygen, excessive coliform contamination and elevated temperatures. A number of environmental restoration and enhancement projects have been initiated to provide ecological, recreational, and natural and cultural historical benefits to the community. Two of these associated projects, the 900 South Oxbow Restoration project and the 900 South Filtration Wetland Stormwater BMP Renovation project, will be augmented by this proposed work to determine baseline loadings of nutrients, metals, coliform, and particulates discharged from these areas; determine the reductions in pollutant loadings following restoration and renovation activities; and predict the long-term pollutant reduction potential from such renovation and restoration efforts that can be extended throughout the Jordan River drainage area.