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. Since 2006, WRI has focused 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

WRI Announces Funding for the Upcoming FY2025 Project Year

121 New projects receive funding from WRI partners
FY2025 Funded Project List

Improving Utah’s Watersheds through Collaboration

Latest WRI News

WRI Announces Funded Projects for FY 2025

Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) and its partners announce funding decisions for the upcoming FY 2025 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025) project implementation season.  121 of the 152 […]

WRI Announces Funded Projects for FY 2024

Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) and its partners announce funding decisions for the upcoming FY 2024 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024) project implementation season.  92 of the 124 […]

Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources recently featured WRI on their “Wild” podcast

In this episode, Utah Department of Natural Resources Watershed Program Director Tyler Thompson and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Habitat Conservation Coordinator Daniel Eddington talk about some of the proactive […]

WRI Announces Funded Projects for FY 2023

Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) and its partners announce funding decisions for the upcoming FY 2023 project implementation season.  103 of the 148 project proposals submitted to WRI for implementation […]

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 […]

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