Jordan River Commission Large Grants Program

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The Jordan River Commission is pleased to announce the availability of $500,000 in grant funding to its members governments and organizations to help implement the recommendations of the Blueprint Jordan River. This program is generously supported by the Utah State Legislature and is being administered in partnership with the Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands.

 

Download the Request for Proposals

Download the Grant Application Process and Funding Priorities

Download a running list of Questions & Answers – updated 8/25/15

 

Eligibility:  At least one party to the application must be a Jordan River Commission member government or an Ex-Officio member of the JRC Governing Board.

Matching Requirement:  A 3:1 (75% non-state funding) match is required by the State Legislature for these funds.  The match may be cash or in-kind.

Due Date: Proposals are due October 1, 2015.

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Flow Experiments & Dissolved Oxygen

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The Jordan River Commission is excited to advance the next phase of an applied research project to evaluate the effects of modest adjustments in the management of water flows in the lower Jordan River in achieving dissolved oxygen (DO) improvements while also improving riparian and wetland habitat.  The project is funded and supported by the Utah Division of Water Quality.

The Jordan River is highly managed, and water flow in the river is controlled at several points along its 50-mile path from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake. The quality of the water in the river is considered “impaired” by the State Division of Water Quality and the EPA for a variety of parameters (temperature, total dissolved solids, dissolved oxygen, and E. coli).  The State DWQ is currently in the process of studying levels of dissolved oxygen in the river through a process and report called a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).  There is a relationship between dissolved oxygen and the amount of organic matter (leaves, grass clippings, sticks, algae) in the water, as well as the temperature of the water.  Too little dissolved oxygen in the water  means that aquatic animals like fish and aquatic insects cannot survive. Continue reading

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