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Benefits of the proposed riparian restoration plan

Parkview Elementary School Field Trip, Bend in the River Nature Center

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Benefits of the proposed "Nature in the City" park system

  • Preservation/enhancement of a critical link along overlapping arms of two international, trans-continental migratory bird flyways (the Central and Western flyways) across the 50-mile long urban barrier of the Wasatch Front metropolitan area.

  • Enhancement of the quality of the outdoor recreation experience for users of the Jordan River Parkway and Jordan River Water Trail, through ecological enrichment of the river corridor environment, removal of noxious thorny, weedy non-native plants, and replacement with native plant communities that provide maximum value to native wildlife species.

  • Addition of a powerful new "outdoor classroom" teaching environment where students at all levels from elementary school to graduate school can learn techniques of natural area, riparian and native plant restoration through direct participation in the creation and maintenance of riparian and native plant communities.

  • Direct exposure of lower income families on the city's culturally diverse  West Side to native plants and wildlife along a beautified, enriched river corridor.

  • Through much better erosion control and filtration of "dissolved solids" (sediment)  due to stream bank regrading and biofiltration within the proposed restoration areas, fulfillment of legal obligations of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County to improve water quality of the Jordan River, as required by the EPA in its enforcement of provisions of the Clean Water Act.

  • Fulfillment of commitments made by both Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County in their endorsements of the Blueprint Jordan River vision document, which recommended that all remaining open space within the river corridor be preserved, regardless of  current zoning

  • Immediate and long-term payback to Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County from increasing property values (and property tax revenues) along the margins of the proposed Nature in the City greenway , especially in areas of existing urban/industrial blight.

  • Development of an urban riparian restoration design template that will not only influence the other 14 metropolitan areas along the Jordan River but also hopefully inspire similar efforts in cities all over the country and the world.

  • Huge advance in competitive edge for the Salt Lake City/Wasatch Front Metropolitan Area economy in competing with other cities world-wide to attract highly mobile, market-leading, breakthrough-technology companies whose leadership and work force prefer to live in cities that not only respect the natural world but treasure and fully exploit the educational value of its remnants wherever they may exist not simply in surrounding exurban areas, but within the city itself.