Salt Lake City Inc. is Utah's Biggest Water & Land Hoarder.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski, please remember how great Salt Lake City is,  how it loves the creeks, and end this environmental injustice.  Kindness is the essence of greatness. Kindly ask SLC Public Utilities to  1) stop putting Utah Lake water in Big Cottonwood Creek and Little Cottonwood Creek,  2) end drying up of the creeks for extra surplus water money, and 3) add 50 toilets to Big Cottonwood Canyon and 50 toilets to Little Cottonwood Canyon. 

If it's not ok to degrade Farmington Creek, Parley's Creek, and American Fork River and kill fish rarely and accidentally, then how is it ok for fish kills in Big Cottonwood Creek routinely and not accidentally for "surplus water" money for Salt Lake City?

Chlorinated poop in tap water is all the pleasure of drinking poop without the risk of infection.

Dangerous water infected with Anatoxin-a, also known as Very Fast Death Factor (VRDF), and other cynaotoxins should not be put in Salt Lake County eastside creeks then run through eastside backyards. 

Creeks are living entities with basic rights.   Natural creeks are not open ditches, sewers, and toilets.  It's un-natural, un-friendly, and un-healthy  for Big Cottonwood Creek to look and smell like the pictures in the photo gallery.  801-535-7704 

At the front door, Salt Lake City residents are water shamed into paying high water conservation rates with tall tales of water shortages while SLC Inc. sells billions of gallons of "surplus" water directly and indirectly for $25 million in Weber County, Park City, Heber Valley, Millcreek, Cottonwood Heights, and 4 ski resorts out the back door.  Part of the 'surplus' water game dries up Big Cottonwood Creek to make more "surplus water" money.  There are better policies.

Salt Lake City, a truly great city,  grabbed water for 2 million people, but wall to wall cities and the CUP ended their water empire dreams.  SLC's population is 200,000 or 1/10th of their water empire dream creating a huge water hoarding problem.  Water hoarding is the justification for Salt Lake City to control the canyons "to protect the watershed."  "We own all the water.  We are protecting our water" that virtually no one drinks.

 About 99.8% of Big Cottonwood Creek water is never drunk from the tap.  On average 57% of Big Cottonwood Creek water never enters the treatment plant.  Of the 43% that is treated, 75% of that is for lawn water.  So what's the hyper watershed protection story for? Money and power to devalue land to add to SLC's 31,000 acre canyon (50 square miles) land hoard. It appears no toilets have been installed on SLC's 31,000 (50 square miles).


A good looking vaulted toilet installed is about $40,000.  It's the canyon politics that has crapped up our canyons. Every 3 years, Salt Lake City spends $1 Billion from city budgets or $2.25 billion if the SLC Enterprise Businesses are included, yet new canyon toilets.  

The politics is that bikers especially want to bike back into a wilderness experience, commune with nature, then commute home in the same day so they are against toilets.  A toilet means a road for the septic tank truck to come and empty it.  Bikers don't want any roads so no toilets.  Better to crap up or let the canyon burn down than to have a toilet or fire hydrant needing a road.  It's selfish, short sighted and environmentally illogical. 

SLC Public Utilities gives $150,000 to the County Sheriff Dept, sometimes $37,000 to the Forest Service, and tens of thousands to the Town of Alta for extra watershed patrols instead of 4 new toilets a year.  There is plenty of money.  It should and could be spent more effectively. 

SLC Public Utilities also has a $1 million armed watershed police force unlike the other 566 of 567 Utah's Public Water Providers providing safe drinking water with no armed watershed police.

If that $1 million were re-purposed, SLC could put 25 new toilets in the Wasatch a year.  SLC won't. The watershed police force is not about water quality because 99.8% of Utah's Public Water Providers provide safe drinking water without an armed watershed police. It's folks inserting their personal likes and dislikes into the city budgets for their own purposes instead of better public purposes like toilets, canyon drinking water, and fire hydrants.  


SLC, kindly stop polluting our creeks with Utah Lake water.


SLC Council, kindly save our Big Cottonwood Creek from Salt Lake City Public Utilities.


Utah Lake water is 4 times dirtier than the creek water.  Putting Utah Lake water into a clean creek kills it. 

It appears SLC Public Utilities is treating Big Cottonwood Creek as its private toilet. It flushes thousands of pounds of dead Utah Lake fish (Carp, Cat Fish, Perch), and salty, and unhealthy Utah Lake water infected with blue-green algae cyanotoxins down a natural, pristine creek Public Utilities routinely dries up the creek  to make surplus water money for the enterprise fund. 

A dog named Drake, a black Labrador, died soon after from playing in and lapping Utah Lake cyanotoxic green slime algae water. In 2016, Big Cottonwood Creek tested positive for cyanotoxins with the probable source being SLC's untreated Utah Lake water discharged into the creek SLC routinely dries up. 


Why does SLC Public Utilities' dry up and uses Big Cottonwood Creek as a free, open ditch?

Drying up Big Cottonwood Creek kills native fish, and native biota (the flora and fauna of an eco-system).  No one has the right to dry up a river or creek for money.  Salt Lake City Public Utilities in the summer takes all the water out of the creek causing it to go dry for over a mile while Public Utilities gushes with alternate surplus waters. 

Back in early 1900's when SLC began the practice of drying up and using creeks as free ditches to help farmers irrigate 9,000 acres from Big Cottonwood Creek.   137 years later Utah Lake is no longer healthy water source with wild Trout.  As cities grew farming ended.  Today, it appears 50 acres are irrigated from Big Cottonwood Creek in stark contrast to the historic 9,000 acres.   The reason the  28 mile Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal running from Draper to South Temple was built in 1882 has ended. This tired and useless canal  still operates today costing Salt Lake City $830,000 to pollute our creeks with Utah Lake water.  It's time to re-purpose the canal, its $830,000 operating budget, and restore our creek watersheds. 

Anatoxin-a (Very Fast Death Factor) is lethal. As marginally cyanotoxic algae infected Utah Lake water spreads through miles of  lattice work of east side ditches in Salt Lake County,  it slows, pools and stagnates  to bloom rapidly in the high summer heat creating multiple  bio-hazards in SLCO eastside backyards in close proximity to pets and people. 


Call Salt Lake Mayor Jackie Biskupski 801-535-7704

 Utah Lake water is 4 times dirtier than the creek water.  Putting Utah Lake water into a clean creek kills it.  

Today 98% of the Utah Lake water conveyed in the 137 year old Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal running from Draper to Temple Square has no beneficial use and simply wastes.  SLC Public Utilities  chooses to spend $830,000 annually to despoil our local pristine creeks with Utah Lake water to force the wasting of billions of gallons of water.  It appears so shareholders can not get fair market value where water is needed, enabling the city to buy their shares for pennies on the dollar.  

Why hasn't SLC Public Utilities implemented its own 1999 SLC Watershed Management Plan recommendations to retire outdated 114 year old Utah Lake water exchange contracts which would end this environmental injustice manufactured by Salt Lake City Public Utilities?  Director Laura Briefer 801-483-6900

Why hasn't Salt Lake County implemented its own "Watershed Planning and Restoration" plan to end this mess? Mayor Jenny Wilson 385-468-7000

Why does Utah's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ Water) grant Clean Water Act waivers authorizing Salt Lake City Public Utilities to commit this environment injustice on our natural creeks?

Because there is no "important or economic or social development" attributable to putting Utah Lake water in Big Cottonwood Creek, why doesn't DEQ follow   R317-2-3 Antidegradation Policy?

Director Erica Gaddis 801-536-4300

Governor Gary Herbert, please save Big Cottonwood Creek and its Tourist Dollars  801-538-1000

Lt. Governor Cox, please save Big Cottonwood Creek and its Tourist Dollars.                801-538-1048

Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Brian Steed, please support saving Big Cottonwood Creek by re-purposing the Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal running 98% of its water to waste. 801-538-7201

Utah State Water Engineer Kent Jones, please support saving Big Cottonwood Creek by encouraging the re-purposing the Jordan & Salt Lake Canal wasting 98% of its public  water and polluting the creek. Utah Code  73-2-1(6)(b) authorizes  the State Water Engineer to "(b) prevent theft, waste, loss, or pollution of those waters"  801-538-7240

Central Utah Water Conservation District General Manager Gene Shawcroft, save Big Cottonwood Creek by encouraging Salt Lake City to support the 2007 "Utah Lake Level Fluctuation Study" to "Increase the volume of rights that are held in the Lake." (page 19)  801-226-7100

Utah Lake Commission Director Eric Millis, would you encourage Salt Lake City to re-purpose its 137 year old Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal to increase water levels in Utah Lake to improve Utah Lake's water quality?  801-851-2900

E.coli, Salt, & Cyanotoxins in Big Cottonwood Creek



 Who gives a crap about our crapped up creeks and canyons?


For years SLC Public Utilities has tracked e.coli contamination in Big Cottonwood Creek from 'Big Turd Canyon' as high as 2,419.6 MPN/100ml (40 times the safe level of E.coli in a swimming lake). E.coli standards for treated drinking water is zero and lake water for swimming 60. No DNA testing has occurred to determine whether the source is human, dog, or wildlife.  It's unlikely wildlife are congregating at trail heads causing these high e.coil levels.   The e.coli in Big Cottonwood Creek appears to be from humans due to 14 toilets in a 50 square mile canyon with 1.7 million visitors canyon (3 million visitors estimated by 2040)  where 60 toilets are needed according to a U of U engineering student study. 

14 toilets in 50 square miles for 1.7 million annual visitors in Big Cottonwood Canyon is a 'fecal time bomb.' Just 1 in 10 visitors pooping on the mountain dumps 1 million pounds of poop in Big Cottonwood Canyon over 20 years.

For years, SLC  has warned the public that it takes minutes for a drop of canyon water to enter its treatment plant.  Yet, it appears SLC delivers this e.coli contaminated water to irrigate eastside vegetable gardens.



There is one ton of salt  in one acre-foot (325,851 gallons) of Utah Lake water at 735 TDS.*  Salt Lake City puts Utah Lake water near 1,200 TDS (1.6 tons of salt per acre-foot).

At 5,000 acre-feet of Utah Lake water put into Big Cottonwood Creek, that's about 8,000 tons of salt a year put into Big Cottonwood Creek.

*Utah Lake Water Level Fluctuation Study" 2007 CUP


Blue-Green Algae Cynaotoxins - anatoxin-a, also known as Very Fast Death Factor (VFDF)

"Among cyanotoxins are some of the most powerful natural poisons known, including poisons which can cause rapid death by respiratory failure.  The toxins include potent neurotoxins, hepatoxins, cytotoxins, and endotoxins."

"Exposure to the cyanobacteria neurotoxin BMAA may be an envirnmetnal cause of neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease."

"There is also an interest in the military potential of biological neurotoxins such as cyanotoxins which "have gained increasing significance as potential candidates for weaponization." wikipeida

Anatoxin-a, saxitoxin, cyldrospermins (cyanobacteria)  are bio-hazards in water sources put in our creeks for good reason.  Not detected does not mean not present. 

Algae Crisis


Dead fish from toxic algae poisoning enter the food chain poisoning birds and other wildlife.

"Algal toxins poison 60,000 people around the world every year."

Blob-like Toxic Algae Overtakes Utah Lake

 With virtually no irrigation occurring from the Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal carrying Utah Lake water into Big Cottonwood Creek and Little Cottonwood Creek, it's time to re-purpose the canal and stop putting Utah Lake water in the eastside creeks of Salt Lake County.  

What Makes Blue-Green Algae Dangerous? Speaking of Chemistry

Never has Big Cottonwood Creek ever had a toxic algal bloom infection except for the fact of Salt Lake City drying up the creek and putting dirty Utah Lake water into a clean creek. 

Blue-green algae linked to dog deaths

 "Pet owners are keeping their dogs away from the water in News Brunswick, as three dogs in the Fredericton area recently died after coming into contact with blue-green algae, a toxic bloom that can also be harmful to humans. " CBC News 

Watch your step for human poop in Big Cottonwood Canyon!

1 million pounds pooped on Big Cottonwood Canyon every 20 years.


1.7 million visitors to Big Cottonwood Canyon annually. If 1 in 10 uses the mountain as a toilet, over 20 years, that 1 million pounds of human poop on Big Cottonwood Canyon. With 3 million visitors by 2040, that's 100,000 pounds of human poop on the canyon watershed every year.

E.coli contamination in Big Cottonwood Canyon is a clear and stinky danger.


When mother nature calls, hikers and bikers poop on the mountain.

Welcome to the Wasatch Bathroom


When Utah invites millions to its canyons without providing sufficient sanitary toilets, drinking water, and parking our natural resources are despoiled and   Utah's reputation soiled.

Pooping off trail is a policy failure.


Out of sight - Out of mind is a policy failure.

Why is there human poop in our creeks?

Holding is a policy failure.


Going to the bathroom is a natural function of life.

 Why do our Wasatch canyons chronically lack toilets, drinking water, and fire hydrants?

Wasatch Poop Hive


14 toilets for 1.7 million visitors in a 50 square mile Big Cottonwood Canyon doesn't flush.

Nothing ruins a hike like seeing or stepping in human poop.  

SLC spends $1.4 million to buy Donut Falls, installs no toilets, no drinking water, no parking and invites the world to Donut Falls.  Then the Donut Falls tourists are predatory parking ticketed for cash.

Irrigated land from the creek dropped from 9,000 to 50 acres

Why is Salt Lake City spending $830,000 a year to operate the Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal running 98% of its water to waste and  polluting our creeks?

Historic irrigation from Big Cottonwood Creek peaked at 9,000 acres dropping to about 50 acres today.  Get Utah Lake water out of Big Cottonwood Creek.

20 years ago, Salt Lake City Watershed Management Plan Final Draft March, 1999 recommended eliminate Utah Lake water exchange contacts. (See pdf below)

"Jordan River and Canals Algal Bloom Monitoring 2019 Update August 1, 2019.  Lab results from samples collected by the Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCHD) at Jordan Narrows, Blackridge Reservoir, and Wheeler Farm on July 30, 2019, showed anatoxin-a at all sampling locations.   Any detection of anatoxin-a exceeds the recreation exceeds the recreation health-based threshold for a Warning Advisory." Utah DEQ

"Anatoxin-a, also known as Very Fast Death Factor (VFDF), is a secondary, bicylic alkaloid and cyanotoxin with acute neurotoxicity." "Symptoms of anatoxin exposure include loss of coordination, muscular fasciculations, convulsions and death by respiratory paralysis.  Its mode of action is through the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAchR) where it mimics the binding of the receptor's natural ligand, acetylcholine."  "Due to its high toxicity and potential presence in drinking water, anatoxin-a poses a threat to animals, including humans." WikipediA August 9, 2019 

What is the reason SLC Public Utilities spends $830,00 a year to operate the Jordan & Salt Lake City canal putting  water infected with Anatoxin-a, salt, and dead fish into Big Cottonwood Creek for irrigating land when irrigation from the creek has virtually ceased?

2015 - 2018 E.coli data from Big Cottonwood Creek -

"Rivers are the lifeblood of our civilization, we therefore need to carefully analyze the consequences of our actions to maintain ecologically sound riparian communities." USDA FS Big Cottonwood Creek Stream Survey Report Nov 2000

E-coli data 2015 to 2018 Big Cottonwood Canyon from SLC Public Utilties (pdf)


[Utah] Payson Lakes under algal bloom warning after young girl falls Sept 4, 2019 (pdf)


Big Cottonwood Creek Stream Survey Report Forest Service Nov 2000 (pdf)


Notice of Violaton of SLC fish kills in Parley's Creek Jan 21, 2000 (pdf)


SLC Grama Sept 12, 2019 - No Fish Kill Authority (pdf)


Salt Lake County Stream Care Guide 2015 (pdf)


EPA compliance letter to California - piles of human feces Sept 2019t (pdf)


Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Detected in Drinking Water Supplies Across California EWG (pdf)


Report - 74 California water systems contaminated with PSAS 'forever chemicals' Sep 26 2019 (pdf)


3 million visitors, 14 toilets, 2040 Big Cottonwood Canyon

"Steve Bartlett, the students' instructor and an associate professor in civil engineering, said the study points out a startling comparison between Yellowstone National Park and the projected visitation of 3 million people to Big Cottonwood Canyon by 2040.

The canyon, at an estimated  32,000 acres, will host 75 percent of the visitors Yellowstone receives (4.4 million) in a geographic footprint that is 1 percent of Yellowstone's size."  Desnews April 21, 2017 U. engineering study recommends variable toll for Big Cottonwood Canyon 

3 million visitors to Big Cottonwood Canyon by 2040 (pdf)


Utah Lake now under shore-to-shore warning for toxic algal blooms - Deseret News Sept 2019 (pdf)


More than 100,000 cancer cases could be caused by contaminants in tap water Sept 2019 (pdf)


Old power lines in Big Cottonwood Canyon are a fire hazard

Old power lines cause forest fires


The Paradise California Wildfires were started from old power lines.

Wildfires kill


Why do we lack fire hydrants in Big Cottonwood Canyon to protect watershed, property and life? 

Fire hydrants save lives


Fire hydrants are a must for watershed protection.


Why is SLC Public Utilities against modern fire flows and hydrants in Big Cottonwood Canyon? 

Big Cottonwood Canyon is not safe.


Today we invite 1.7 million visitors a year into Big Cottonwood Canyon and tomorrow 3 million visitors.  They should be safe.  Big Cottonwood Canyon lacking fire flows and hydrants is not safe. 

Fire destroys watershed, property, and life.


Why isn't there adequate fire flow protection for Brighton City in Big Cottonwood Canyon?

Microplastics tire/paint dust, synthetic fibers, microbeads

6 tons of tire dust in Big Cottonwood Canyon annually


Utah's 31.7 billion vehicle miles generates 16 million pounds of toxic tire dust going in our watersheds.

Paint dust in drinking water


Paint dust is one of the microplastics founds in drinking water sources.

Synthetic clothes fibers in drinking water


Washing and drying synthetic clothes puts synthetic fibers in the watershed.

Microbeads in tooth paste, finger nail polish, and soap


The U.K. has banned microbeads.

1/4 of California fish tested positive for plastic


"One quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained plastic pieces and fibers in their guts."

Microbeads - A plastic disaster


There is no free lunch.