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Little Cottonwood Canyon: Watershed

Research guide for history and planning in Utah's Wasatch Mountains

Research Stratgey

  • Clean water is regulated at the federal level under the Clean Water Act
  • Little Cottonwood Creek is part of a protected watershed area that supplies Salt Lake County with drinking water. 

Little Cottonwood Creek

Watershed Research

Blanchard, Libby, Bhaskar Vira, and Laura Briefer. "The lost narrative: Ecosystem service narratives and the missing Wasatch watershed conservation story." Ecosystem services 16 (2015): 105-111.

Gerner, Steven J., and Kidd M. Waddell. "Hydrology and Water Quality of an Urban Stream Reach in the Great Basin--Little Cottonwood Creek near Salt Lake City, Utah, Water Years 1999-2000. USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report 2-4276 (2003).

Gillies, Robert R., Shih-Yu Wang, and Marty R. Booth. "Observational and synoptic analyses of the winter precipitation regime change over Utah." Journal of Climate 25, no. 13 (2012): 4679-4698.

Giddings, Elise M., Larry R. Brown, Terry M. Short, and Michael R. Meador. "Relation of fish communities to environmental conditions in urban streams of the Wasatch Front, Utah." Western North American Naturalist 66, no. 2 (2006): 155-169.

Kimball, Briant A., and Robert L. Runkel. "Evaluating remediation alternatives for mine drainage, Little Cottonwood Creek, Utah, USA." Environmental Earth Sciences 60, no. 5 (2010): 1021-1036.

Rice, Janine, Tim Bardsley, Pete Gomben, Dustin Bambrough, Stacey Weems, Sarah Leahy, Christopher Plunkett, Charles Condrat, and Linda A. Joyce. "Assessment of watershed vulnerability to climate change for the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache and Ashley National Forests, Utah." RMRS-GTR-362. Fort Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.  (2017).

Skiles, S. McKenzie, Derek V. Mallia, A. Gannet Hallar, John C. Lin, Andrew Lambert, Ross Petersen, and Steven Clark. "Implications of a shrinking Great Salt Lake for dust on snow deposition in the Wasatch Mountains, UT, as informed by a source to sink case study from the 13–14 April 2017 dust event." Environmental Research Letters 13, no. 12 (2018): 124031.

Parry, W. T., Craig B. Forster, D. Kip Solomon, and Laurence P. James. "Ownership of mine‐tunnel discharge." Groundwater 38, no. 4 (2000): 487-496.


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