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 12th 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

WRI Announces Funded Projects for FY 2021

WRI Funds over 100 new projects for implementation in Fiscal Year 2021
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Latest WRI News

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 […]

WRI Announces Funded Proposals for Fiscal Year 2020

Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) and it’s partners announced funding decisions for the upcoming fiscal year 2020 project implementation season.  121 of the 178 project proposals submitted to WRI for […]

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