Mountain Accord Charter Signed
Develop an Environmental Dashboard to provide accessible and factual information about the Wasatch
Part of the original agreed upon Mountain Accord Charter
Environmental Dashboard Project kicks off with the Brendle Group leading the effort
Project on Hold
Project put on hold while the Central Wasatch Commission forms and gets up and running
Project restarted with the University of Utah leading the new effort
First report submitted
Development of the dashboard started and then paused at the start of COVID
Development restarted after COVID pause
Beta version released for comment
Initial Website Release
Public engagement begins
Final Dashboard Release
The boundaries for this environmental dashboard project are based on naturally occurring hydrologic units (or drainage areas) and are independent of an jurisdictional boundary. The map below shows the environmental dashboard boundary compared to the Central Wasatch Commission’s administrative boundary.
|Webcams||Deer Valley webcam||Deer Valley Ski Resort||https://www.deervalley.com/|
|Webcams||Snowbird webcam||Snowbird Ski Resort||https://www.deervalley.com/|
|Webcams||Salt Lake Valley webcam||MesoWest group at the University of Utah||https://home.chpc.utah.edu/~u0790486/wxinfo/cgi-bin/uunet_camera_explorer.cgi?cam=WBBS&yr=2022&mo=01&dy=11|
|Vehicle Emissions||Vehicle counts||Utah Department of Transportation||https://www.udot.utah.gov/connect/business/traffic-data/|
|PM 2.5 & Ozone||AQI||Purple Air||https://www2.purpleair.com/|
|PM 2.5 & Ozone||AQI||Utah Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality||https://air.utah.gov/|
|Greenhouse Gases||Utah Atmospheric Trace Gas & Air Quality||U Land-Atmosphere Interactions Research Group||https://air.utah.edu/|
|Climate – Air Temperature||SNOTEL data||NRCS||https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/wcc/home/aboutUs/monitoringPrograms/automatedSnowMonitoring/|
|Climate – Precipitation||SNOTEL data||NRCS||https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/wcc/home/aboutUs/monitoringPrograms/automatedSnowMonitoring/|
|Climate – Air Temperature – Historic||WRCC COOP stations||Western Regional Climate Center||https://wrcc.dri.edu/|
|Climate – Precipitation – Historic||WRCC COOP stations||Western Regional Climate Center||https://wrcc.dri.edu/|
Geology and Soils
|General Geology||General geological formations||Utah Geological Survey||https://geology.utah.gov/map-pub/maps/|
|Structure||Geological Stucture||Utah Geospatial Resource Center||https://gis.utah.gov/data/geoscience/|
|Aquifers||Aquifer Recharge and Discharge Areas||Utah Geospatial Resource Center||https://gis.utah.gov/data/geoscience/aquifers/|
|Soil Type||Soil type map||Utah Geospatial Resource Center||https://gis.utah.gov/data/geoscience/soil/|
|Soil Disturbance||Mines||Utah Geological Survey||https://geology.utah.gov/apps/blm_mineral/|
|Hazards – Earthquakes||Earthquakes||Utah Geospatial Resource Center||https://gis.utah.gov/data/geoscience/earthquakes/|
|Hazards-Avalance||Avalanche paths||Utah Geospatial Resource Center||https://gis.utah.gov/data/geoscience/avalanche/|
|Hazards – Landslides||Landslide||Utah Geospatial Resource Center||https://gis.utah.gov/data/geoscience/landslides/|
|Alpine||Alpine areas||DIGIT lab in house|
|Riparian||Riparian areas||Landfire and USGS/NHD||https://landfire.gov/evt.php ; https://www.usgs.gov/national-hydrography/national-hydrography-dataset|
|Current water conditions||Precipitation|
|Stream flow||Discharge data||USGS|
|Soil moisture||SNOTEL data||NRCS|
|Groundwater||Ground water data||USGS|
|Animals||Habitat maps||Utah Department of Natural Resources – Division of Wildlife Resources|
Who is the audience for the Environmental Dashboard?
The Environmental Dashboard is a tool for the public, land managers, policy makers and technical users.The Dashboard is a data-rich, and technically credible tool that anyone can understand and use.
How will the Dashboard inform future planning and decision making?
The Environmental Dashboard provides a centralized location to access current and historical data for Air Quality and Climate, Geology and Soils, Vegetation Communities, Water, and Wildlife. Users can study current conditions, analyze historical trends.
What data sets are being used?
The Environmental Dashboard features spatial data using Geographic Information System (GIS) and data visualization tools. The data sources are individually outlined and web links provided on the Data Resources page. All data sources used in the Environmental Dashboard are from existing data and no new data were collected.
How often will the data be updated?
The update schedule depends on the individual data set and how the authoritative data provider makes the data available. Data sets that are provided as web services will update in near real time. Data sets that require download or data processing will be updated quarterly. Certain data sets that infrequently change (ex. soils) will be updated on an as needed basis.
How do I notify someone about missing or incomplete data?
Data does not exist for all of the Elements’ metrics and sub-metrics that the subject matter experts outlined as important. The current dashboard is built using existing data sets only that were identified by the subject matter experts or identified by the project team. Not all available data exist in a readily usable format. If there are data sets that were missed, please complete the “Provide Data Recommendations” form that is located in the footer of every web page.
What about people and human activities in the mountains?
Utah State University is currently conducting a Visitor-Use Study of the Central Wasatch Mountains. This Study will be completed in December 2022 and integrated into the Dashboard as a 6th element in 2023.
The DIGIT Lab
Extended to the US Forest Service which contributed to every subject area
Air Quality and Climate
- Bryce Bird, Utah Division of Air Quality
- Royal Delegge, Salt Lake County Public Health
- John Horel, University of Utah Atmospheric Sciences
- Jon Lin, University of Utah Atmospheric Sciences
- Kerry Kelly, University of Utah Chemical Engineering
- Daniel Mendoza, University of Utah Atmospheric Sciences
- Logan Mitchell, University of Utah Atmospheric Sciences
Geology and Soils
- Steve Bowman, Utah Geological Survey
- Marshall Robinson, Utah Geological Survey
- Bir Thapa, Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Bill Anderegg, University of Utah, School of Biological Sciences
- Barbara Bentz, Utah State University
- Andrea Brunelle, University of Utah, Geography
- Phil Dennison, University of Utah, Geography
- Eric McCulley, River Restoration
- Diane Menuz, Utah Geological Survey
- Laura Briefer, Salt Lake City Public Utilities
- Paul Brooks, University of Utah
- Cass Goodman, NOAA, Colorado River Forecasting Center
- Elise Hinman, Utah Division of Water Quality
- Abi Holt, Sandy Public Utilities
- Eric McCulley, River Restoration
- Paul Miller, NOAA, Colorado River Forecasting Center
- Mike Rau, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
- Marian Hubbard Rice, Salt Lake City Public Utilities
- Pat Shea, Friends of Alta
- John Skalback, University of Wisconsin, Lakeside
- Michelle Stokes, NOAA, Colorado River Forecasting Center
- Sam Taylor, Salt Lake County
- Bob Thompson, Salt Lake County
- Buck Ehler, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources
- Madeline Engel, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources
- William Gray, University of Utah, School of Biological Sciences, Professor Emeritus
- Austin Green, University of Utah, School of Biological Sciences
- Allison Izaksonas, Natural History Museum of Utah
- Sarah Lindsey, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources
- Liz Moore, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources
- Eric McCulley, River Restoration
- Bill Newmark, Natural History Museum of Utah
- Russ Norvell, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources
- Mitchell Power, University of Utah, Geography/ Natural History Museum of Utah
- Andrey Zharkikh, Plant photography
Please send all comments and questions to Lindsay Nielsen, Central Wasatch Commission, Lindsey@cwc.utah.gov
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