To help mitigate the impact of the Mid-Jordan TRAX line on Jordan River wetlands, the Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake County and Murray have agreed to create and maintain an ecosystem restoration project. The construction project is expected to affect about a third of an acre of wetlands.
The UTA board of trustees voted unanimously to enter into the agreement and provide the necessary $50,000 to begin the project. This agreement will provide funding for bank restoration and revegetation and the subsequent vegetation maintenance in the area impacted by the new line.
"Everything has a price tag, but by entering into this agreement we're reducing the costs for everyone," said Orrin Colby, president of the UTA board of trustees. "The immediate benefit is we're offering a better space for everyone. This is a perfect example of groups working together and getting better results."
Salt Lake County will be responsible for the development and landscaping of the site after the line has been constructed. It will provide necessary construction equipment and return the area to its original state before construction of the Mid-Jordan line.
Murray will be charged with providing water and seasonal irrigation to sustain the site for at least five years or until the vegetation can sustain itself.