Welcome to the Silver Creek Watershed Stakeholders Group web page! The Silver Creek Watershed Stakeholders Group investigates environmental issues related to hazardous substances in the Silver Creek Watershed. This website is a resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the watershed and related environmental projects.
A watershed by definition consists of a common water body and the land from which water drains into that water body. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been investigating areas in the Silver Creek Watershed since the mid 1980s to determine whether threats to human health and the environment exist from potential exposure to hazardous substances present in the watershed. The potential substances of concern were heavy metals that occur in the environment both naturally and as a result of Park City’s mining history. In 1999, the Silver Creek Watershed Stakeholders Group (Stakeholders Group) was formed to further investigate and address potential Silver Creek water quality issues. Originally, the Stakeholders Group solely focused on the upper portion of the Silver Creek watershed, which extends from the tops of Thaynes Canyon and Bald Mountain along the south ridge line and over to Park Meadows and Quinn’s Junction (Richardson Flat Operable Unit 1) on the north. In 2006, the Stakeholders Group also began to investigate the lower Silver Creek area, bounded on the south by U. S. Highway 40 and on the north by Interstate 80. To date, as a result of the Stakeholders Group efforts in collaboration with the EPA and other agencies, remediation and restoration work has taken place to address these issues in Empire Canyon as well at the Richardson Flat Operable Unit 1 (OU1). Other areas are currently under investigation.