(KCPW News) A group of community leaders from across the state will meet over the next several months to discuss the best methods of caring for the Jordan River. Laura Hanson, Executive Director of the Jordan River Commission, says the new partnership is important because such a large portion of the state has a stake in the future of the Jordan River.
“The river flows through three counties, 15 different cities, it flows fifty miles from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake so it’s got about a 50 mile long corridor and it’s got tremendous value,” says Hanson.
Hanson says with so many cities connected to the river, issues like water quality and flooding are common. She says the meetings will provide government leaders with more guiding principles for best management practices.
“Our goal here is to develop tools that are consistent but are flexible. We want each of the local governments along the corridor to manage their own cities and incorporate their own policies but give everyone a base foundation,” says Hanson.
The first stakeholder workshop is Tuesday at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.