Community Volunteers Working Together to Conserve the Jordan River & Parkway


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Salt Lake City, Utah, May 12, 2014 – Volunteers from Wells Fargo, eBay, Rio Tinto, Real Monarchs, Radius Engineering, Harmons Grocery, Mark Miller Subaru, Rocky Mountain Power, Clyde Snow Attorneys and local Rotary organizations will participate in “Conservation Day” along the Jordan River Parkway and Trail on Thursday, May 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. These corporate volunteers will also be joined by community volunteers interested in stewarding the Jordan River corridor.  Conservation Day is the first day of the two-day Get Into The River Festival, presented by Wells Fargo.  Volunteer teams will work restoration projects in 13 trail-side and 3 in-river locations. Conservation tasks include invasive weed removal, trash collection, native tree planting, planting native grass seed, fencing of trees to protect from beaver and deer damage and much more.

Volunteer teams, led by Splore, will clean in the river via canoes in the following river stretches:

  • 1800 North to North Temple – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo
  • 2300 South to 4300 South Winchester – Volunteer Team: Real Monarchs Team Member & Coaching Staff
  • 4800 South to 6300 South Winchester – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo

 

The trail-side teams will be led by Salt Lake City Corp, Salt Lake County, Jordan River Commission, South Salt Lake, West Valley City, Murray, Midvale, Utah Open Lands, Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands, Riverton City and Bluffdale.

  • Jordan Park – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo
  • Seventeenth South Park – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo
  • Redwood Trailhead & Southside Trail – Volunteer Team: Radius Engineering
  • Redwood Natural Area – Volunteer Team: Mark Miller Subaru and Radius Engineering
  • Utah Cultural Celebration Center – Volunteer Team: Real Monarchs and West Valley City Employees
  • James Madison & General Holm Parks – Volunteer Team: Rocky Mountain Power, Clyde Snow Attorneys and Community Volunteers
  • General Holm Parks – Volunteer Team: Afterschool Program
  • Little Confluence – Volunteer Team: Harmons Grocery
  • Kennecott Nature Center – Volunteer Team: Rio Tinto
  • Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District & Big Bend Restoration Area – Volunteer Team: Area Rotary Clubs
  • Riverbend Natural Area – Volunteer Team: eBay
  • Galena Open Space – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo
  • Roi Hardy Park – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo
  • Springview Farms – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo

In addition, the Larry H. Miller Group brought 70 volunteers to the Big Bend Habitat Restoration Area on Friday, April 24 as part of its day of service in honor of the birthday of the late Larry H. Miller.

Festival sponsors include:

Wells Fargo, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation, Rio Tinto, Smiths, eBay, Harmons Grocery, Mark Miller Subaru, Radius Engineering, Real Monarchs, Rocky Mountain Power, 90.9 fm KRCL, City Weekly, SLUG Magazine, Clyde Snow Attorneys, Salt Lake City Corp. Special Event Fund and Westminster College.

Festival organizers include:

Wells Fargo, Salt Lake City Corp, Salt Lake County, Splore, Jordan River Commission, Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands, Nonprofit Development Partners, Jordan River Watershed Council, The Jordan River Foundation, Davis County, Sandy City, West Jordan, West Valley City, North Salt Lake, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville, Saratoga Springs, Midvale, Murray, Riverton City, Bluffdale, Utah Open Lands, Rotary International, Neighbor Works Salt Lake, TreeUtah, and many more great organizations!

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The “Get Into The River” Festival, presented by Wells Fargo, is a collaborative project to conserve, protect, restore and celebrate the Jordan River Parkway. The Festival brings nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, corporations and municipalities together to annually celebrating the Jordan River and Parkway. Splore is the fiscal sponsor of this event. The Festival is divided into two days.

The first day (Thursday, May 14, 2014), Conservation Day, will include efforts to clean-up and restore areas along and within the River, such as removing trash and dead foliage, pulling weeds, re-seeding areas with native grass seed and plants, pruning trees, removing graffiti and refreshing paint. Corporate and community volunteer teams will spend approximately four hours working along the Jordan River. Conservation activities will take place in to three stretches within the River and 13 along the Parkway.

The second day (Saturday, May 30, 2014) will be a Festival Celebration where the public will be invited to learn about the animals and habitats supported by the Jordan River and how communities and individuals are enjoying it each and every day. Several events will be taking place throughout the day. The Tosh Jordan River Marathon will start off the morning at 6am, followed by a Half-Marathon and two 5K races (one north, one south). KRCL will be hosting a public clean-up effort starting Utah State Fair Park Amphitheater from 9am to 11am. Municipalities including Davis County/North Salt Lake, South Salt Lake, Murray, Taylorsville, West Jordan/Sandy and Riverton will host celebration festivities along the Parkway from 10am to 2pm. In addition, nonprofit and community partners will give educational presentations and recreational demonstrations during the festivities.

The Jordan River Commission and NeighborWorks will end the day with an event that starts at 7pm at the Utah State Fair Park Amphitheater. The Jordan River Commission will be presenting its annual awards at this event.  Award recipients for 2015 include:  West Valley City Councilman Corey Rushton; former Davis County Commissioner, Louenda Downs; former Utah Division of Water Quality Assistant Director, John Whitehead; Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands Director, Brian Cottam; Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams; Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District Manager, Richard Bay; and Rep. Johnny Anderson, Rep. Eric Hutchings, and Rep. Rich Cunningham from the Utah House of Representatives.

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