To Embarrassed Utahn: Would appreciate evidence of what you describe so it can
be stopped. Such actions are against watering guidelines for Emigration Oaks.
Have you ever actually driven through The Oaks and looked at the landscaping?
My yard has no lawn or landscaping. What grows does so on its own and seems to
do quite well. We still have moose, deer, bobcats, badgers, porcupines, coyotes
in the area, Have not seen bears, but have seen cougar tracks along Freeze
Creek.Please don't generalize Oaks residents because of a few
purported wasteful individuals. We are as concerned about the Canyon
environment as anyone.
I don't think there are very many people left that know this river at all.
This abstract view of water elevation and bottom of the well water is by someone
who has no idea of what this city creek river is. It has never dried up to a dry
bed as some think, this is a new and important event that is truly a warning of
the aquifers supplying Utah with many of the cities are pumping out of the
ground will also be drying up and without warning we will not have water in this
valley at all. City creek was a year round spring well coming from much higher
elevations farther east from the Uintah range and splitting above the city creek
and going into the area of city of North Salt Lake below the gravel pits above
the state capital building coming out as a hot springs draining across the Beck
Street road then northerly to the GSL. That whole region where the refineries
are is were all wet lands and Marshes until they merged I-15 with US89/91 north
and south then buried the hot springs drainage below all the new roads they put
in late 1960's. There is still evidence of the hot springs because that is
why beck street is always foggy area in the winter and its high humidity.
The comments attributed to Don Barnett are disingenuous.A canyon
watershed is somewhat like a bucket of water, but maybe more like a pipe full of
water on a slope. There is a pressure gradient, the pressure (water level in a
well) rising as you go down hill. If you poke holes (springs and wells) in the
side of the pipe, it diminishes from the total. Moving a well further from the
stream may have a local effect, but it doesn't eliminate the withdrawal
from the general aquifer. Higher elevation use has an effect on lower elevation
conditions.1872 water rights certainly were drawn from the surface
stream out of the mouth of the canyon. For discussion sake, consider letting
the early District rights stand in that way and go dry with the stream for much
of the year.One hopes that the new developments have sewer systems
conveying waste to the city rather than drain fields. But such confirms a drain
from the aquifer.Note that summer sprinkler irrigation water goes
mostly to evaporation, not recharge to the ground waters.
My solution? Buy back all the big houses in Emigration Canyon using eminent
domain and bulldoze them and return the land back to the scrub oak, deer, elk,
cougars, bears, moose and all other animals and restrict development in the
canyon. Turn it into a wilderness area or something like that.That
way the district wouldn't have to pump any groundwater.I
remember the days you could hike Emigration Canyon and only the houses at the
bottom of the canyon were there. Now there are houses up to the top of the
canyon.Of course my wish is a pipe dream and won't happen. Too
many rich folk up there.
Just because you can afford to waste water doesn’t mean you should be able
to! I watch my wealthy neighbors water their lawns for hours daily. Raising
water costs is not the solution; careless rich people will always be able to
abuse the privilege of fresh clean water.
There should be no more water permits issued for new building, The upper river
has (had) Bonneville Cutthroat Trout, the scarce State fish.