Weber River

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The Weber River has a six-mile stretch that gets anywhere from 3000 to 5000 visitors a week during the summer months.

Local efforts are being made to manage the heavy use on the Hennefer to Taggert (known as the Hen-Tag) section and help change the mindset of the many thousands who want to enjoy the recreation there. 

Summit County

Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson says she was pleased with the attendance at a meeting last week that discussed the legal aspects of stream access on the Weber River.

She told KPCW there have been some conflicts because of confusion, on the part of landowners along the river, and recreationists trying to get to the Weber. Olson had details on a crucial 2017 Utah Supreme Court decision.

Summit County

A meeting of stakeholders on Wednesday looked at the problems around a stretch of the Weber River, from Summit to Morgan County, that’s becoming overcrowded with users during the warm months.

Summit County Council member Kim Carson says they had a productive session, as they’re responding to items like rowdy behavior, drunkenness and garbage.

Summit County

As the Weber River runs from the Uinta Mountains down into the Great Salt Lake it provides plenty of opportunity for Utahns to recreate in it. One of the most popular places to float the river is near where the river leaves Summit County and enters into Morgan county, but the change of jurisdiction and the rise in popularity has brought some challenges.

Summit County

The Weber River is a great resource for recreationists. But the Summit County Council heard Wednesday about an area of the river, from Henefer into Morgan County, that’s in danger of being loved to death.

Summit Council Members on Wednesday were visited by stakeholders from the Morgan County Council, State Parks and professional outfitters. Council Member Chris Robinson said they heard that a section of the river, from Henefer to Taggart in Morgan County, is getting overcrowded and is plagued by rowdy, unregulated behavior.

Summit County

As part of their agenda on Wednesday, the Summit County Council will receive visitors from one of Utah’s Senators—and on a different topic, will hear from their neighboring county.

At about 2:45 pm at the Richins Services Building, the council will be visited by staffers from Senator Mitt Romney.

County Manager Tom Fisher said they’re making the rounds, introducing themselves to local governments. He said the council may be interested in bringing up some particular topics.

On today’s program, the Director of Summit Land Conservancy Cheryl Fox and Property Owner Ari Ionnides have an update on a 235 acre conservation easement. Summit County Council member Doug Clyde discusses why the water quality of the Weber River is an urgent priority and the Executive Director of Tanya Taylor Productions, Tanya Taylor talks about her new musical "Lost Boys of Sudan" that will be presented in Park City in February.

Summit Land Conservancy is often focused on preserving specific pieces of property. Cheryl Fox, the director of the organization, says they also has a broader more general mission; that is to preserve the Weber River watershed. Rick Brough has more:

In Wednesday’s meeting the Summit County Council was asked to consider the ongoing water quality problems with nutrients in the Weber River.  They heard a presentation from council member Doug Clyde who says the river has been out of compliance for a long time. Carolyn Murray has this:

Local anglers won out in a new legal decision by the Utah Supreme Court to permit public use of the Weber River, even in parts where it passes through private property. Rick Brough has more.