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New project will use stormwater to create wetlands at the Great Salt Lake

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY — The Nature Conservancy will soon be using stormwater to create new wetlands off the shores of the Great Salt Lake.

The project is under construction right now. The end result will be similar to what you can see now at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve.

The Conservancy is catching that dirty stormwater as it comes downstream and making it safe for wildlife.

"We have this area where we have the ability to do something," Chris Brown said. Brown is the director of stewardship for the Nature Conservancy District. "This project will actually impound about 40 to 50 acres of wetlands behind this levee that we're sitting on now."

He said the Nature Conservancy is seizing an opportunity. "It's a drain that drains the Freeport Center and some parts of Layton and Clearfield City."

A water-control station will take in that dirty stormwater. Brown said. "Always full of garbage, has a lot of silt and debris in it."

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