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    • McKean's Pump Boat

    • ZZ1006
    • McKean's Pump Boat
    • Image shows three men running a water-pumping boat from some type of reservoir or river.
    • Boats and boating Men in popular culture Pumping machinery
    • 900 South Canal - Pipe Outlet

    • ZZ1005
    • 900 South Canal - Pipe Outlet
    • Image shows a bridge crossing over a canal along 900 South. Several men are working with shovels on one side of the road, to dam the canal.
    • Aqueducts Canals Canal construction Dams Bridges, Wooden Antique and classic cars Automobiles
    • Water Wagons on State Street

    • ZZ1004
    • Water Wagons on State Street
    • Image shows a parade of water wagons headed north on State Street. Part of the Salt Lake City Library can be seen at the left of the image.
    • Water Wagons Horse-drawn vehicles Horses Parades City and town life
    • Water Wagon with Motor and Pump

    • ZZ1002
    • Water Wagon with Motor and Pump
    • Image shows an Intermountain Electric Company water wagon.
    • Water Wagons Horse-drawn vehicles City and town life Electric utilities Pumping machinery
    • Irrigation Methods

    • ZZ1000
    • Irrigation Methods
    • Image shows a man pumping water from an irrigation system.
    • Irrigation projects Irrigation Pumping machinery
    • Draper Park

    • WC001
    • Draper Park
    • The feathery willow gives its name to two creeks along the Wasatch Front. Willow Creek, which flows through Draper Park, maintains its name, since it doesnt merge into another stream. But it never quite reaches the Jordan River, its bed subsumed...
    • Valley; architecture; recreational use
    • Old Mill Golf Course

    • UC003
    • Old Mill Golf Course
    • Old Mill Golf Course is the first rights holder to draw water from the Upper Canal, which runs north between the golf course and I-215. It uses the water for its irrigation ponds.
    • Valley; irrigation; recreational use
    • 2000 East Convergence

    • UC002
    • 2000 East Convergence
    • Storm water (left), Mill Creek (center) and the Upper Canal (right) converge. The Upper Canal becomes increasingly smaller as it moves north and fulfills remaining irrigation water rights contracts.
    • Valley; irrigation; residential landscaping; signage
    • Old Mill Corp Center/Utah Lake exchange

    • UC001
    • Old Mill Corp Center/Utah Lake exchange
    • The Cottonwood Corporate Center is an important node in the valley irrigation system. Water from Utah Lake enters the concrete-lined canal system in mid-July in front of Old Mill Center II (center left) where it mixes with water from Big...
    • Valley; architecture; channelization; commercial landscaping; ditch; drop structure; irrigation
    • Canal/ditch crossover in fall

    • TD005
    • Canal/ditch crossover in fall
    • After the irrigation season has ended, ditches fill in with leaves, like here at the Center Fork Overpass, where Tanner Ditch crosses over the East Jordan Canal. Ditches need to be cleared of debris in the early spring before the irrigation season...
    • Valley; irrigation
    • Canal/ditch crossover

    • TD004
    • Canal/ditch crossover
    • Sometimes, irrigation systems need to be kept separate. Here, Tanner Ditch crosses over the East Jordan Canal in a flume called the Center Fork Overpass.
    • Valley; irrigation
    • Tanner Ditch

    • TD003
    • Tanner Ditch
    • Once water is diverted out of a creek for irrigation, it supplies a byzantine array of ditches whose sizes reflect the number of downstream users and the volume of their water rights. Tanner Ditch is on the right.
    • Valley; drop structure; headgate; irrigation
    • Residential landscaping

    • TD002
    • Residential landscaping
    • With imagination and money for landscaping irrigation ditches can be turned into residential amenities, like on the grounds of this estate in Holladay.
    • Valley; irrigation; residential landscaping
    • 6200 South headgate

    • TD001
    • 6200 South headgate
    • The headgate for Tanner Ditch (top) diverts water from Big Cottonwood Creek at 6200 South just west of Holladay Boulevard.
    • Valley; drop structure; headgate; irrigation; pipe
    • Creek in cleft

    • TCC002
    • Creek in cleft
    • While water generally flows in Tolcats Creek year-round, sometimes it seems to shyly hide in clefts between boulders.
    • Canyon
    • Ribbon falls

    • TCC001
    • Ribbon falls
    • Tolcats Creek Canyon is one of the steepest drainages in the Wasatch Front. The precipitous gradient can create dramatic, ribbon-like waterfalls that can dry up in late summer and autumn.
    • Canyon
    • Red Butte Creek

    • RBC018
    • Red Butte Creek
    • Red Butte Creek channelized on the west side of 1100 E just before it flows underground to the Jordan River.
    • Channelization; revetment
    • Oil Spill Remediation

    • RBC016
    • Oil Spill Remediation
    • Workers are adjusting booms placed in Red Butte Creek to catch oil from a spill upstream.
    • Valley; environmental degradation
    • Garden Park L. D. S. Ward

    • RBC015
    • Garden Park L. D. S. Ward
    • Red Butte Creek flows behind the Garden Park L. D. S. Ward and is a popular setting for wedding photographers.
    • Valley; bridge; recreational use
    • Bonneville Glen Park

    • RBC014
    • Bonneville Glen Park
    • This waterfall, situated in Bonneville Glen Park, was created by a drop structure.
    • Valley; drop structure
    • Bonneville Glen Park

    • RBC013
    • Bonneville Glen Park
    • Bonneville Glen Park, maintained by the Bonneville L. D. S. Stake abuts Miller Park and is a continuation of the park setting surrounding Red Butte Creek as it flows southwesterly.
    • Valley; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Miller Park

    • RBC012
    • Miller Park
    • The fine stone masonry of Miller Park, including this bridge, was completed in the late 1930s.
    • Valley; bridge; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Miller Park

    • RBC011
    • Miller Park
    • Red Butte Creek flows southwesterly through early 20th century suburban neighborhoods of Salt Lake City's East Bench.
    • Valley; recreational use; public landscaping; architecture
    • Miller Park Sign

    • RBC010
    • Miller Park Sign
    • In 1998 the Utah Society, Daughters of the American Revolution placed this sign in Miller Park in honor of Minnie Miller.
    • Valley; signage; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Miller Park

    • RBC009
    • Miller Park
    • Minnie Miller, for whom the park was named, donated part of the land for the park in 1935
    • Valley; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Headgate on Red Butte Creek

    • RBC008
    • Headgate on Red Butte Creek
    • The headgate is located on the north side of Sunnyside Ave. prior to Red Butte Creek flowing under the street and entering a series of subdivisions.
    • Valley; headgate
    • Sunnyside Park

    • RBC007
    • Sunnyside Park
    • The bridge spans Red Butte Creek on the northeast corner of Sunnyside Park.
    • Valley; bridge; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Red Butte Creek

    • RBC006
    • Red Butte Creek
    • Red Butte Creek separates the University of Utah campus and the University's Research Park. Here the creek flows behind a hotel in the park on Wakara Way.
    • Valley
    • Red Butte Garden

    • RBC005
    • Red Butte Garden
    • Known as ""Edna's Waterfall Garden"" this feature in Red Butte Garden is located at the west end of the pond.
    • Canyon; pond; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Red Butte Garden

    • RBC004
    • Red Butte Garden
    • The pond with its water pavilion is a major attraction in Red Butte Garden
    • Canyon; pond; architecture; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Red Butte Garden

    • RBC003
    • Red Butte Garden
    • Red Butte Garden looking east up Red Butte Canyon.
    • Canyon; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Gate, Red Butte Canyon Rd.

    • RBC001
    • Gate, Red Butte Canyon Rd.
    • Beyond this gate is the Red Butte Canyon reservoir built in 1930 as the water supply for Fort Douglas. In 1968 it was designated a Research Natural Area & it is no longer accessible to the public.
    • Gate; signage; canyon
    • Parley's Canyon - Flume With Water Flowing

    • PC1008
    • Parley's Canyon - Flume With Water Flowing
    • Image shows a general view of water spilling out from a flume near the mouth of Parley's Canyon. The flume was built to bypass water and reduce flooding.
    • Flumes Mountains Canyons Vegetation and climate Reservoirs Waterfalls
    • Parley's Canyon - Conduit

    • PC1007
    • Parley's Canyon - Conduit
    • Image shows the dam and run-off from a reservoir at the mouth of Parley's Canyon.
    • Dams Aqueducts Canyons Mountains Reservoirs Horse-drawn vehicles Horses
    • Parley's Creek - Suicide Rock, Flood Damage

    • PC1006
    • Parley's Creek - Suicide Rock, Flood Damage
    • Image shows a new flume at the base of Parley's Canyon. It was built to bypass flood waters around the side of Suicide Rock.
    • Dams Aqueducts Electric conduits Reservoirs Canyons Mountains Snow Flumes
    • Parley's Canyon - Technicians Working at Reservoir

    • PC1004
    • Parley's Canyon - Technicians Working at Reservoir
    • Image shows a birds-eye view of the reservoir, dam, and Suicide Rock conduit, near the mouth of Parley's Canyon.
    • Bridges, Stone Canyons Mountains Vegetation and climate Dams Aqueducts Electric conduits Reservoirs
    • Mountain Dell Dam Construction

    • PC1003
    • Mountain Dell Dam Construction
    • Image shows a general view of the newly completed Mountain Dell Dam. The reservoir is not yet completely filled
    • Reservoirs Mountains Dams Dams - Design and construction Canyons Construction equipment
    • Mountain Dell Dam Construction

    • PC1002
    • Mountain Dell Dam Construction
    • Image shows the construction progress on the Mountain Dell Dam, up Parley's Canyon.
    • Reservoirs Mountains Dams Dams - Design and construction Canyons Construction equipment Machinery
    • Mountain Dell Dam Construction

    • PC1001
    • Mountain Dell Dam Construction
    • Image shows the construction progress on the Mountain Dell Dam, up Parley's Canyon. The reservoir is almost full.
    • Reservoirs Mountains Dams Dams - Design and construction Canyons Construction equipment
    • Mountain Dell Dam Construction

    • PC1000
    • Mountain Dell Dam Construction
    • Image shows a man surveying the construction progress on the Mountain Dell Dam, up Parley's Canyon. The reservoir is nearly full.
    • Reservoirs Surveying Surveying - Instruments Surveyors Mountains Dams Dams - Design and construction Canyons Construction equipment
    • Parley's Creek

    • PC024
    • Parley's Creek
    • Here the creek has been brought above ground as a water feature in the Sugarhouse neighborhood. West of this feature it continues underground to 1300 S & Main St. where it will head west and empty into the Jordan River.
    • Valley; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Hidden Hollow Park

    • PC023
    • Hidden Hollow Park
    • The creek flows close to a shopping area in Sugarhouse & then disappears into an underground culvert.
    • Valley; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Hidden Hollow Park

    • PC022
    • Hidden Hollow Park
    • This sign in the park explains how this neighborhood acquired the name Sugrahouse.
    • Valley; signage; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Hidden Hollow Park

    • PC021
    • Hidden Hollow Park
    • This park is situated mid-block in the Sugarhouse neighborhood of the city.
    • Valley; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Sugarhouse Park

    • PC020
    • Sugarhouse Park
    • The pond in the park is a popular feature, but in the event of flooding it is a major retention basin in the city's flood plan.
    • Valley; pond; retention basin; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Sugarhouse Park

    • PC019
    • Sugarhouse Park
    • The park attracts visitors year round and is a heavily utilzied urban landscape.
    • Valley; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Sugarhouse Park

    • PC018
    • Sugarhouse Park
    • Parley's Creek enters Sugarhouse Park from the east and flows westerly through the park.
    • Valley; recreational use; public landscaping
    • Old Canal

    • PC017
    • Old Canal
    • The remains of an old concrete irrgiration canal near the site of the old Parley's Canyon reservoir.
    • Canyon; irrigation
    • Culvert

    • PC016
    • Culvert
    • This 500' culvert near Suicide Rock runs under I-215. Teenagers block a portion of the water flow and then release it while ""shooting the tube"" on a boogie board or inner tube. It has also become a favorite place for taggers to apply their art.
    • Canyon; pipe; recreational use
    • Parley's Reservoir

    • PC015
    • Parley's Reservoir
    • Water flows over a remnant of the wall of the old Parley's Canyon reservoir.
    • Canyon; reservoir
    • Old measuring weir

    • PC014
    • Old measuring weir
    • This old measuring weir near Suicide Rock was part of the dam's bypass.
    • Canyon; dam
    • Mock Valve

    • PC013
    • Mock Valve
    • This mock valve contains two 16"" pipes, one carries water heading south and the other to the East Bench north of Parley's Canyon. Some of the Mountain Dell water at the valve is fed through a 30"" pipe and moves west toward Sugarhouse.
    • Canyon; pipe
    • Suicide Rock, a. k. a. Sentnel Rock

    • PC012
    • Suicide Rock, a. k. a. Sentnel Rock
    • Suicide Rock denotes the site of the historic Parley's Canyon Reservoir. Built during the late 19th Century it was abandoned in the 20th Cetury with the construction of Mountain Dell Reservoir.
    • Canyon; freeway reservoir
    • Smith Creek

    • PC011
    • Smith Creek
    • Smith Creek flows from Mount Aire Canyon into Parley's Canyon & under I-80.
    • Canyon; freeway
    • Mount Aire in Parley's Canyon

    • PC010
    • Mount Aire in Parley's Canyon
    • Smith Creek & Mount Aire Canyon Rd. Mount Aire Canyon on the south side of Parley's Canyo n is a secondary drainage that flows into Parley's Creek.
    • Canyon
    • Mountain Dell Dam

    • PC009
    • Mountain Dell Dam
    • The dam, designed by John S. Eastwood, was constructed in two phases between 1914 & 1925 of reinforced concrete arches & buttresses.
    • Canyon; dam
    • Mountain Dell Reservoir

    • PC008
    • Mountain Dell Reservoir
    • Mountain Dell Reservoir looking west. The reservoir contains 2,500 acre-feet of water for Salt Lake City's potable water supply.
    • Canyon; reservoir
    • Little Dell Reservoir

    • PC006
    • Little Dell Reservoir
    • A Hobie class sailboat near the northeast shore of the reservoir.
    • Canyon; reservoir; recreational use
    • Little Dell Reservoir

    • PC005
    • Little Dell Reservoir
    • The reservoir is a recreational area during the summer months. Non-motorized craft are allowed on the reservoir. Fishing is allowed with artificial flys and lures.
    • Canyon; reservoir; recreational use
    • Little Dell Dam & Reservoir

    • PC004
    • Little Dell Dam & Reservoir
    • The dam & reservoir, situated in Dell Canyon, were constructed between 1987 & 1993 to impound the water of Dell Creek. It also collects water from Parley's Creek downstream.
    • Canyon; dam; reservoir; recreational use
    • Lambs Canyon Creek

    • PC003
    • Lambs Canyon Creek
    • The Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities lists Lambs Canyon Creek as a protected watershed.
    • Canyon
    • Lambs Canyon Rd. & Creek

    • PC002
    • Lambs Canyon Rd. & Creek
    • Lambs Canyon Creek, on the south side of Parley's Canyon is a secondary drainage that flows into Parley's Creek.
    • Canyon
    • Parley's Canyon

    • PC001
    • Parley's Canyon
    • This view, taken at Parley's Summit, looks to the northwest.
    • Canyon; freeway
    • Mt. Olympus water truck

    • NC004
    • Mt. Olympus water truck
    • Springs in the Neffs Creek drainage provide water for Mt. Olympus Spring Water Co. The company has been tapping the springs for over a century, having made agreements with water rights holders. Now, the Salt Lake City Department of Public...
    • Valley
    • Main and No frks

    • NC003
    • Main and No frks
    • The Main and North forks converge at the bottom of Neffs Canyon. Below the convergence is a proposed debris basin that is raising controversy.
    • Canyon
    • North Fork

    • NC002
    • North Fork
    • Neffs Canyon Creek is one of the intermittent streams along the Wasatch Front. Snowmelt and springs provide the flow. In spring the streambed can be full.
    • Canyon
    • Main Frk dry bed

    • NC001
    • Main Frk dry bed
    • Neffs Canyon Creek is one of the intermittent streams along the Wasatch Front. Snowmelt and springs provide the flow. In fall it dries up.
    • Canyon
    • Mill Creek Farm, Pond

    • MC1004
    • Mill Creek Farm, Pond
    • Image shows a pond and old brick house in Millcreek Canyon.
    • Ponds Vegetation and climate Farmhouses
    • Mill Creek - Farming District

    • MC1003
    • Mill Creek - Farming District
    • Image shows a scenic view of the farming area at the base of Mill Creek Canyon, looking west across the Salt Lake Valley.
    • Farm buildings Farmhouses Agriculture Vegetation and climate Valleys
    • Mill Creek - Open Flat, Tents in Distance

    • MC1002
    • Mill Creek - Open Flat, Tents in Distance
    • Image shows a general view of a valley near the base of Mill Creek Canyon. There are several tents set up in the distance.
    • Valleys Mountains Canyons Vegetation and climate Rivers Tents Camping
    • Mill Creek - Chute

    • MC1001
    • Mill Creek - Chute
    • Image shows a general view of a water flume somewhere along the creek in Mill Creek Canyon. The flume is covered in snow and icicles.
    • Flumes Snow Mountains Canyons
    • Mill Creek - The Divide

    • MC1000
    • Mill Creek - The Divide
    • Image shows a general view of "the divide" in the creek running through Mill Creek Canyon.
    • Rivers Vegetation and climate Mountains Canyons Snow
    • Ski tracks

    • MC027
    • Ski tracks
    • Cross-country skiers skate or glide on the Mill Creek Canyon Road in winter. A user fee helps provide funds for grooming the trail in winter and rehabilitating picnic grounds in the summer.
    • Canyon; bridge; recreational use
    • Lower Mill Creek

    • MC025
    • Lower Mill Creek
    • Stream velocity slows as the streambed gradient flattens near the Jordan River.
    • Valley; architecture; wildlife
    • Central Valley Reclamation

    • MC024
    • Central Valley Reclamation
    • The Central Valley Water Reclamation facility discharges water into Mill Creek about a mile before the stream enters the Jordan River.
    • Valley; drop structure
    • Mill Creek at 9th West

    • MC023
    • Mill Creek at 9th West
    • The last two miles of the Mill Creek streambed have been channelized before the stream enters the Jordan River.
    • Valley; architecture; bridge; channelization; pipe
    • Landscaping

    • MC022
    • Landscaping
    • A new real estate development in an old neighborhood uses the adjacent stream for its common landscaping.
    • Valley; architecture; residential landscaping; revetment
    • Fitts Park channel

    • MC021
    • Fitts Park channel
    • The Mill Creek streambed has been channelized on the park's south side. Channelization accelerates water velocity and can cause streams to cut deeper into their beds, eroding them.
    • Valley; channelization; public landscaping; recreational use
    • Fitts Park encircling creek 4

    • MC020
    • Fitts Park encircling creek 4
    • The diverted stream flow re-enters Mill Creek at the west end of the park.
    • Valley; public landscaping; recreational use; wildlife
    • Fitts Park encircling creek 2

    • MC018
    • Fitts Park encircling creek 2
    • Park landscapers dug a trench at the east end of the park to route part of Mill Creek's flow so that it encircles the park.
    • Valley; bridge; public landscaping; recreational use; wildlife
    • Fitts Park encircling creek 1

    • MC017
    • Fitts Park encircling creek 1
    • Mill Creek borders Fitts Park on its north and south sides.
    • Valley; bridge; public landscaping; recreational use; signage; wildlife
    • 1100 E encroachment

    • MC016
    • 1100 E encroachment
    • Sometimes residents choose to separate themselves from streams.
    • Valley; channellization; revetment
    • Channel at 1100 East

    • MC015
    • Channel at 1100 East
    • Channelization of streams can help mitigate lateral flooding during periods of bankfull discharge.
    • Valley; bridge; channelization; revetment
    • No dumping

    • MC014
    • No dumping
    • A sign reminds valley residents that we all leave downstream.
    • Valley; channelization; revetments; signage
    • Revetments

    • MC013
    • Revetments
    • Houses in Salt Lake Valley often encroach on the stream.
    • Valley; architecture; revetmen; signage
    • No access

    • MC012
    • No access
    • Most land adjacent to Mill Creek is private, and owners often demonstrate their rights.
    • Valley; residential landscaping; signage
    • Convergence

    • MC011
    • Convergence
    • Storm water (left), Mill Creek (center) and the Upper Irrigation Canal (right) converge. Streambeds can act as conduits for storm and irrigation water.
    • Valley; ditch; irrigation; pipe; residential landscaping; signage

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