Remember: Watersheds Can Be Fragile

Garfield and Iron counties in southern Utah received an unwelcome message about the vulnerabilities of their watershed this past September, when a series of events contaminated the groundwater that many of their residents relied on.

After this summer’s Brian Head fire destroyed vegetation on hillsides, heavy rains caused flash flooding that stirred up contaminants such as e. coli, making several springs unusable as water sources.

While there have not been any major fires in WaterPro’s watershed area this summer, our forests and groundwater sources remain vulnerable, too. Many fires and other events that lead to water contamination are human-caused, so it’s up to everyone who uses our mountains for recreation to do so responsibly.