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North Davis pipeline project will improve birds’ habitat

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North Davis County, Utah — As a part of the Antelope Causeway Pipeline Project to cleanse wastewater before it goes into the Great Salt Lake, a huge trench and pipeline is under construction along the access road.

North Davis Sewer District is in charge of the project, and its mission is to exceed E.P.A. standards so that the lake is safe for swimming, boating, and wading, as well as for the aquatic and avian life that depends on it.

Wastewater will be diverted from Farmington Bay to Gilbert Bay.

Through September 2023, water will continue to flow to Farmington Bay while the pipeline is constructed.

Overflows of water into Gilbert Bay (anything over 34 million gallons a day) will still go into Farmington Bay.

In order to improve bird habitats and help communities around the lake, a primary goal of the District’s outfall to Gilbert Bay is to preserve its discharge to the Great Salt Lake. This will change the bird habitat at Farmington Bay, but the District is working with state agencies and conservation groups on how best to preserve them.

A three-year program is a part of the pipeline project to control over 535 acres of the invasive Phragmites at its current discharge location in Farmington Bay.

Antelope Island will remain open throughout the construction.

 

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