- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A dam rehabilitation project has filled the creek running down American Fork Canyon with muck.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2bznhYM ) that the water below Tibble Fork Dam has turned black due to fine-grained sediments, killing trout and possibly degrading aquatic habitat.

American Fork Canyon is a popular recreation destination in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest east of Pleasant Grove.

Biologists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Forest Service examined the creek on Monday and will return Tuesday to determine whether fish have survived downstream. Officials say the creek was so murky it was not possible to see any fish activity on Monday.

The muck has been kicked up by a $7.3 million project by the Natural Resources Conservation Service to rehabilitate the 50-year-old Tibble dam.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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