SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Geological Survey has released a publication containing 10 geologic hazard maps for an area of western Salt Lake Valley that includes portions of Herriman, West Jordan and South Jordan.
The maps address hazards associated with earthquakes, landslides, flooding, debris flows, indoor radon, shallow groundwater, rockfall, shallow bedrock, and problem soil and rock. The maps present a comprehensive hazard assessment and were prepared by compiling scientific and field data.
“The maps will provide planners, local officials, property owners, developers, engineers, geologists, design professionals and the interested public with information on the type and location of critical geologic hazards that may impact existing and future development,” said Jessica Castleton, geologist with the survey.
This information can be used in land-use and development planning, regulation and design in Utah. While site-specific geotechnical investigations should be performed for all new development, the maps identify areas where additional, specialized geologic-hazard investigations are necessary prior to development.
The Geologic Hazard Maps of the Copperton Quadrangle, Salt Lake County, Utah, includes GIS data and is available on CD for $24.95 at the Natural Resources Map & Bookstore, 1594 W. North Temple.
The maps and report can also be viewed at geology.utah.gov.