What is the Watershed Restoration Initiative?

The Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) is a partnership based program in Utah to improve high priority watersheds throughout the state. WRI is sponsored by the Utah Partners for Conservation and Development and is in its 15th year. The Watershed Program focuses on improving three ecosystem values: 1) watershed health and biological diversity, 2) water quality and yield, and 3) opportunities for sustainable uses of natural resources. WRI is a bottom-up initiative where project planning, review, and ranking occur at a local level. Five regional teams elect their own leaders, establish focus areas, review, score and rank project proposals using a comprehensive project prioritization score sheet, and assist their members in implementing projects. See the "News" section for more details.
Tyler Thompson - Director, Watershed Restoration Initiative

Don’t Miss the Upcoming Regional Proposal Review Meetings

All Five WRI Regional Teams will be holding VIRTUAL meetings this year. If you submitted a proposal - Don't Miss your Meeting!!
Meeting Details Here

Improving Utah’s Watersheds through Collaboration

Upcoming WRI Events and Deadlines

  1. Southern Region UPCD/WRI Summer Field Tour

    June 15 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
  2. Northern Region UPCD/WRI Summer Tour

    June 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Latest WRI News

Recent Peer Reviewed Article Outlines Positive Impacts of WRI Sponsored Pinyon Juniper Removal Projects in Utah

Recent publication looking at 15 years of WRI sponsored woodland reduction projects across 129 different sites in Utah shows the overall positive effects of these treatment types, but also illustrates […]

HEY!!! Why are you cutting down all those trees???

WRI has been getting a lot of questions lately about why we spend so much time and money removing Pinyon and Juniper trees here in Utah.  This excellent Frequently Asked […]

WRI Announces Funded Proposals for Fiscal Year 2021

Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) and its partners announced funding decisions for the upcoming fiscal year 2021 project implementation season.  101 of the 147 project proposals submitted to WRI for […]

The Difference Maker

WRI project manager and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Partners Biologist Clint Wirick pens this recent article for The Mule Deer Foundation’s January/February 2020 magazine.  Clint talks about his experience with […]

Utah’s Sage-Grouse Habitat Mitigation Program

Do you have sage-grouse on your land? Have you ever wondered how that might be turned into a benefit to you or your property? Or how you can help prevent […]

WRI Rolls Out Major Update to Project Tracking Website

Over this past year, WRI Administration has been working with Utah Department of Technology Services to make some needed changes and improvements to the WRI Database Application (wri.utah.gov).  We hope […]

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