The watersheds in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas are vital to our livelihood and future. It is easy to forget that the water from our taps actually comes from mountain streams, snowpack and other local natural sources. It is important to respect watershed regulations because, in the end, that is the water we will be drinking at home.

60% of our drinking water comes from mountain streams and creeks. The Wasatch Mountains and surrounding areas are full of these watershed streams.

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Major watershed creeks reside in:

  • City Creek Canyon
  • Red Butte Canyon
  • Emigration Canyon
  • Parleys Canyon
  • Millcreek Canyon
  • Big Cottonwood Canyon
  • Little Cottonwood Canyon

Minor watershed creeks reside in:

  • Bells Canyon
  • Neff’s Canyon

All watersheds (drainages) run to the Jordan River, which runs through the west side of Salt Lake City for 51 miles from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake. The Jordan River crosses through countless neighborhoods in the valley and is an excellent recreation destination.

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Check out the following websites for more information on the Jordan River:

Jordan River Commission

Jordan River Parkway

My Jordan River

Watersheds exist everywhere. They run by hiking trails and cross through, or even under, Salt Lake City neighborhoods. Yet, they are easily forgotten and unnoticed. By recognizing where our water comes from, and realizing it is not a limitless source, we can be more mindful about water usage in the valley.

Visit the following websites for more information on Salt Lake City watersheds:

Hidden Water

Quality Drinking Water


Water Charities:

Utah Rivers Council

Water Wise Utah

Utah Nature Concervancy


RETHINK, RECONNECT, AND REJUVENATE your attitude towards water in the Salt Lake Valley!