What is Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative?

Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) is a partnership based program in Utah to improve high priority watersheds throughout the state. Now in it's 15th year, WRI 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, Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative

Upcoming Regional Proposal Presentation Meetings

Did you submit a proposal for FY23 WRI funding? Don't miss your region's proposal presentation meeting.
Meeting Details

Improving Utah’s Watersheds through Collaboration

Upcoming WRI Events and Deadlines

  1. Central Region FY23 Project Presentation Meeting (Virtual-Only)

    February 2 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  2. Northern Region FY23 Project Presentation Meeting (Virtual-Only)

    February 3 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  3. Southern Region FY23 Project Presentation Meeting

    February 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Latest WRI News

WRI Launches Social Media Accounts

WRI recently launched social media accounts on both Twitter and Facebook! Follow us for WRI announcements and program highlights, partner stories and project highlights and other relevant restoration news, events […]

WRI Announces Funded Projects for Fiscal Year 2022

Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) and its partners announce funding decisions for the upcoming FY 2022 project implementation season.  114 of the 162 project proposals submitted to WRI for implementation […]

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 […]

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