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Residents help keep Morgan rivers beautiful

Article Date: 
9 May, 2014 (All day)

By Dawna Zukirmi
On Saturday, May 3 the Weber Basin Anglers chapter from Trout Unlimited hosted a Rubbish Round-up.  13 volunteers showed up to help.  These volunteers included Morgan County residents as well as individuals from Hill Air Force Base, River Restoration and Trout Unlimited.  
The good stewards picked up garbage at public walk-in access areas of the Weber River. They cleaned the rest stop area in the Weber Canyon, Mountain Green, Peterson/Stoddard and Red Barn areas.  They collected over 15 bags of trash, a bike, an old bed mattress, carpet, a raft, a picnic table umbrella, PVC piping and many other things that had been thrown out on the river banks.
These volunteers make it possible for us to keep this area beautiful.
This week, Morgan residents joined forces with other local groups and took stewardship over our Morgan County portion of the Weber River.  These actions included attaining training for quality testing and cleaning up the river banks.
On Tuesday, April 29, six local Morgan families joined Shana Croft’s wildlife biology students to receive Water Quality Testing training for the Utah Water Watch program. 
These volunteers have committed to monitor their chosen sites on the Weber River, East Canyon Creek and Lost Creek Reservoir in Morgan County at least once a month for the next seven months.  
This year’s theme for Utah water week is “From the Mountains to My Home.”  Water week runs from May 4-10. Hundreds of Utah water watch volunteers will monitor their sites this week to give a snapshot of Utah’s water quality and provide data from the Virgin River to Bear Lake, including the Weber River Basin.  The testing these volunteers do checks for things like E. coli bacteria levels, water temperature, dissolved oxygen levels, turbidity, pH and the overall health of Utah’s lakes and streams.
Utah Water Watch is a water quality education and data collection program that seeks to increase awareness about the importance of water quality and promote stewardship of Utah’s aquatic resources. The program is managed by Utah State University Water Quality Extension in partnership with the Utah Division of Water Quality. 
The mission of the program is to encourage, educate and engage volunteers in monitoring water quality by providing the knowledge, training and resources needed to examine the health of Utah’s lakes and streams.  The program is dedicated to the collection of credible water quality data for education and watershed management.