Adam Fondren, Deseret News
Leaves change colors over Big Cottonwood Canyon creek in Salt Lake on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — The National Weather Service has presented the city’s Department of Public Utilities with its Honored Institution Award for providing more than 100 years of daily weather observations at the Big Cottonwood Water Treatment Plant.

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According to the weather service, the century of documentation has been essential in tracking long-term weather and climate trends. The plant operations team collects the data at the Cottonwood Weir (weather station) as part of the service’s Cooperative Observer Program.

This is the second time the department has been honored for a century of weather monitoring. Last year, the Watershed Division received the award for 100 years of collecting weather data at the Silver Lake site at Brighton in Big Cottonwood Canyon.