Multi-Million Dollar Watershed Sampling
Researchers are gathering hundreds of water and soil samples from as many as 40 different locations along Red Butte Creek in Utah. Data is being gathered to better understand the relationship between runoff, water use in the mountains, and landscaping.
The project is being backed by a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation, and will help researchers predict the resilience of the Salt Lake City watershed. The area had previously been contaminated by two Chevron pipeline spills, and scientists hope the samples will allow them to see what contaminant leaks and wastewater may have been left behind.