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    The Moab Area Watershed Partnership this week announced the funding of five projects in the Spanish and Castle Valley watersheds by the Utah Division of Water Quality Nonpoint Source Management Program, according to Arne Hulquist.

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    The MAWP has previously supported the efforts of nine completed projects and three projects that are currently in progress. Details on all projects can be found on the projects page of the MAWP website. The MAWP also supports numerous projects that require little or no funding and provides a venue for open discussions on improving Mill Creek and Castle Creek watersheds, said Hulquist in an email.

    The five projects that received funding this year are Pack Creek Restoration, $102,576; Mill Creek Phase V Restoration, $33,075; Grand County Dog Waste Initiative, $11,487; Southeastern Utah Health Department (SEUHD) Onsite Wastewater Digitization, $19,000; and the SEUHD Human Waste Initiative, $75,000.

    The Pack Creek and Mill Creek projects focus on improvements to riparian areas, including increasing natural bank stability, flash flood resiliency, and wildfire resistance, as well as replacing invasive plants with native species. The Dog Waste Initiative will increase the number of waste stations and educational signage on the importance of proper dog waste disposal. The onsite digitization project helps SEUHD provide oversight by entering all onsite wastewater systems in SEUHD’s jurisdiction into a geographical database. The Human Waste Initiative will provide educational materials to users of public lands on how to properly dispose of human waste.

    Visit the MAWP’s website for more information on the efforts to improve water quality in the Spanish Valley and Castle Valley watersheds.

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