A master planned project

to restore Utah Lake's ecosystem

Our master plan supports full science-based restoration of the lake's native ecosystem plants and wildlife.

Utah Lake will become a gem where Utah residents can live, work and recreate.

Utah Lake will become one of the most accessible lakes for living, working and recreation in the West.

This project will be an example to outlying communities of what responsible development looks like.

First Green Field LEED certified city in the US

All utilities housed in accessible tunnels with monitoring and secondary containment

All storm water runs through biofiltration before reentering the lake

Pneumatic trash removal system conveyed to waste to energy facility, reducing landfill volumes by 90%

GeoThermally heated and cooled

60%+ irrigation savings from subsurface irrigation with grey water reuse

40%+ potable water savings from separate grey and black water systems

50%+ energy derived from green sources

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A BROKEN ECOSYSTEM

A combination of challenging factors have contributed to the degradation of Utah Lake.

IS RESTORATION POSSIBLE?

Not only is it possible–but our science-based plan will support full restoration of the lake, plants, and wildlife.
It will also provide a beautiful environment where Utah residents can live work and recreate.

The Utah Lake Restoration project will include a $6.4 billion privately funded environmental recovery based on scientific research and proven engineering practices. A naturally self-sustaining ecosystem hinges on three foundational changes:
Dredging the entire lake bottom of all nutrient-loaded sediment
Replacing invasive plant and animal species with native species
Restoring the water quality

Encapsulates fine particulate from lakebed
Removes nutrient-loaded sediments that feed algal blooms
Deepens lake to reduce forces that disturb lake bottom
Changes lake bathymetry (submarine topography) by creating deep-water channels to improve circulation and to cool water

Invasive species prevent the lake from healing itself and must be removed to create a clean slate for native plants and animals.
Native plant and animal life will be restored, including the threatened June sucker, Bonneville cutthroat and native minnows.
A thriving native aquatic and plant ecosystem naturally maintains clean and clear-water state, manages nutrient levels, filters water, anchors the lakebed, and serves as check and balance on bugs and mosquitoes.

The lake will be restored from a turbid, hypereutrophic state to a clear-water state.
Dredging the lake and restoring native species stabilize the lakebed, reduce re-suspension and provide natural filtration.
Six treatment facilities around the lake will be upgraded and 40 biofiltration systems, aeration and mechanical pumping will be installed. Each element works in concert to restore the lake and sustain the ecosystem long-term.

WHAT ROLE DO ISLAND CREATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAY?

Island formation is a foundational element of the Utah Lake Restoration Project. Islands provide a place to store and sequester dredged material, control wind and wave action, expand fish and wildlife habitat and conserve water resources by reducing evaporation. Three types of islands (estuary, recreation, and development) will be built and each has a specific function in addition those previously listed. You can learn more about the function of each below.

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