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Water resources of the Park City area, Utah, with emphasis on ground water

Technical Publication 85

Prepared by the United States Geological Survey in cooperation with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Rights
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Abstract

The Park City area is a rapidly growing residential and recreational area about 30 miles east of Sal t Lake City (fig. 1). The area of study is about 140 square miles in which the principle industries are agriculture, skiing, and other recreational activities. The area once was a major lead- and silver-mining district, but no mines were active in 1984. A resumption in mining activity, however, could take place with an increase in the price of metals.

The population of the Park City area is expected to increase rapidly in the near future; and the provision of an adequate water supply for the growing population, while avoiding harmful affects of development, is a major concern for local municipalities, developers, and the Utah Division of Water Rights. In addition, agricultural interests in and below the area are concerned about the effects of increased ground-water withdrawals on streamflow, which is fully appropriated by downstream users. The area also contains the proposed site for the Jordanelle dam, a part of the Bonneville unit of the central Utah Project. The damsite is near an historic mining area; and mining companies are concerned that if mining is resumed, the reservoir may create some additional dewatering problems in the mines.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
Other Government Series
Title:
Water resources of the Park City area, Utah, with emphasis on ground water
Series title:
Technical Publication
Series number:
85
Year Published:
1986
Language:
English
Publisher:
Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Rights
Publisher location:
Salt Lake City, UT
Contributing office(s):
Utah Water Science Center
Description:
vi, 82 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Utah
City:
Park City