Commission formed a partnership with National Audubon Society to create the South Shore Ecological Reserve.
The Reserve includes approximately 8,000 acres on the south and east shore of
Great Salt Lake.
Much of this area has been acquired by entities
with a need to mitigate wetland impacts and a desire to develop an area
reserved for wetlands and avian wildlife, particularly shorebirds.
Kennecott Utah Copper and the Salt Lake Airport Authority acquired
approximately half the area for their respective mitigation needs.
National Audubon Society received substantial donations of land within
the Reserve and the Mitigation Commission has purchased several key
Tucked in the northwestern area of the Reserve is
a 2,000-acre relatively undisturbed remnant of a historic delta of the
Jordan River. The National Audubon Society received a donation of about
1,300 acres in the delta area. In addition, National Audubon Society made some
land trades and the Commission acquired 743 acres of property
and 750 shares of water.
A hydrologic study and water delivery plan have been prepared
several configurations of area ownership and easement. This information
provides the basis for a joint management plan currently under development. A
preliminary draft and final of the Great Salt Lake South
Shore Reserve management master plan is scheduled for 2005.