In 2015, the Mountain Accord environmental systems group determined that there wasn’t an easily accessible or centralized hub of information about the ecology of the Central Wasatch. Members of the environmental systems group asserted that without access to information about the environmental conditions in the Wasatch, it would be difficult to make decisions about how to recreate, travel, develop, and protect the Central Wasatch Mountains. This assertion served at the foundational concept in the development of the Environmental Dashboard, which, upon its completion, will serve as a centralized access point for information specific to several environmental indicators in the the Central Wasatch Mountain Range. The members of the environmental systems group under Mountain Accord in 2015, when the concept for the Dashboard was drafted, and the Central Wasatch Commission, now, envision the Dashboard serving as a tool for policy makers, technical users, other stakeholders, and the public as each user group evaluates impacts in future planning discussions specific to the Central Wasatch Mountains.
The Mountain Accord process came to a close in 2015 after the charter was signed, which called for the creation of the Central Wasatch Commission, the government entity tasked with implementing the Mountain Accord charter, carrying out transportation improvements for the Central Wasatch Mountain range, and seeing the Environmental Dashboard project to completion. At the time the Mountain Accord charter was signed, the Environmental Dashboard steering committee, program managers, and project consultants were in the middle of considerable work on the project — gathering data and developing the online framework. The project team paused work on the Environmental Dashboard to allow the Central Wasatch Commission time to take shape.
The Beta Version of the Environmental Dashboard
The Central Wasatch Commission released a beta version of its Environmental Dashboard for public review and comment on Wednesday, April 20th. A public comment period on the beta Environmental Dashboard is open through Wednesday, May 4, 2022. The public may access the beta Environmental Dashboard here.
The Environmental Dashboard is a tool for the public, land managers, policy makers and technical users to learn about the historic and current environmental conditions of the Central Wasatch. The Dashboard contains five environmental elements: air quality and climate, geology and soil, vegetation communities, water, and wildlife, and existing data for each element has been gathered and presented for public access. The boundaries for this environmental dashboard project are based on naturally occurring hydrologic units (or drainage areas) and are independent of the Central Wasatch Commission’s jurisdictional boundary.
Chair of the Central Wasatch Commission, Christopher F. Robinson remarked on the release of the beta Environmental Dashboard, “It is the goal of the Central Wasatch Commission that the Environmental Dashboard is an educational tool that is utilized by everyone, ranging from school-aged children to policymakers and scientific researchers. The Dashboard provides a centralized location for decades of data for water, air, soil, wildlife, and vegetation in the Central Wasatch. We have worked to make that data accessible, and are proud to release this first, beta version of the Environmental Dashboard to the public for review. It is the culmination of nearly seven years of work on the project.”
The Dashboard is a project and outgrowth of the 2015 Mountain Accord agreement. On March 15, 2016, The Brendle Group, Inc. entered into an agreement with Salt Lake County whereunder Brendle agreed to develop the “Mountain Accord Environmental Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan, referred to as the Environmental Dashboard. On April 23, 2018, Salt Lake County delegated the management of the Environmental Dashboard to the Central Wasatch Commission (CWC), who has since managed the project.
The CWC Environmental Dashboard project objectives are to:
- provide an adaptable digital product, that can evolve with new information over time,
- add a public involvement component, and
- establish a broad spectrum of users as the audience for the Environmental Dashboard.
The Central Wasatch Commission has contracted with the University of Utah (DIGIT and Ehleringer labs) to develop the Environmental Dashboard. The beta version of the Dashboard is the culmination of the project work since 2015. The following video provides a brief introduction and instructions for exploring the Environmental Dashboard.
Intro Beta Dashboard Video:
Beta Environmental Dashboard Public Engagement
Following the release of the beta Environmental Dashboard, a two-week public engagement campaign and public comment period will commence, scheduled April 20th – May 4th. The public may submit comments by:
- Emailing email@example.com;
- Submitting a comment form below;
- Mailing written comments no later than May 4th to:
41 N Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
The Central Wasatch Commission is hosting two Open Houses that will serve as beta Environmental Dashboard presentation and discussion forums for the public to engage directly with the developers of the Environmental Dashboard and with Central Wasatch Commission staff. Those Open Houses will take place:
- April 20, 2022, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom and in-person as part of the Central Wasatch Commission Stakeholders Council meeting at the Wasatch Front Regional Front Offices, located at The Gateway
- April 27, 2022, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom
The final version of the Environmental Dashboard is scheduled for rollout during the June 6, 2022, meeting of the Central Wasatch Commission Board.
Please note: the data and information displayed on the Dashboard have been collected and assembled by various federal, state, and local governmental agencies other than the Central Wasatch Commission. The CWC’s purpose in providing this Dashboard is to make such information available to the public in a free, centralized location.
If you have question, please contact Lindsey Nielsen at 801-706-1004, or firstname.lastname@example.org