Entity: Central Wasatch Commission

Body: Central Wasatch Commission Board

Subject: Public Meetings
Notice Title: CWC Environmental Dashboard Notice
Meeting Location: 41 North Rio Grande Suite 102

Salt Lake City  UT  84101
Event Date & Time: April 20, 2022
April 20, 2022 03:00 PM - May 4, 2022 05:00 PM
Description/Agenda:
                        Environmental Dashboard Public Comment Opportunity: Beta Version 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2022
CENTRAL WASATCH COMMISSION (CWC)
Lindsey Nielsen, Associate Director
801-706-1004, lindsey@cwc.utah.gov
THE CENTRAL WASATCH COMMISSION RELEASES A BETA VERSION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL DASHBOARD FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND OPENS A PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD THROUGH WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2022
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - The Central Wasatch Commission released a beta version of its Environmental Dashboard for public review and comment on Wednesday, April 20th. A public comment period on the beta Environmental Dashboard is open through Wednesday, May 4, 2022. The public may access the beta Environmental Dashboard at this link: https://cwcedb.utah.edu/
The Environmental Dashboard is a tool for the public, land managers, policy makers and technical users to learn about the historic and current environmental conditions of the Central Wasatch. The Dashboard contains five environmental elements: air quality and climate, geology and soil, vegetation communities, water, and wildlife, and existing data for each element has been gathered and presented for public access. The boundaries for this environmental dashboard project are based on naturally occurring hydrologic units (or drainage areas) and are independent of the Central Wasatch Commission's jurisdictional boundary.
Chair of the Central Wasatch Commission, Christopher F. Robinson remarked on the release of the beta Environmental Dashboard, 'It is the goal of the Central Wasatch Commission that the Environmental Dashboard is an educational tool that is utilized by everyone, ranging from school-aged children to policymakers and scientific researchers. The Dashboard provides a centralized location for decades of data for water, air, soil, wildlife, and vegetation in the Central Wasatch. We have worked to make that data accessible, and are proud to release this first, beta version of the Environmental Dashboard to the public for review. It is the culmination of nearly seven years of work on the project.'
The Dashboard is a project and outgrowth of the 2015 Mountain Accord agreement. On March 15, 2016, The Brendle Group, Inc. entered into an agreement with Salt Lake County whereunder Brendle agreed to develop the 'Mountain Accord Environmental Monitoring and Adaptive
Management Plan, referred to as the Environmental Dashboard. On April 23, 2018, Salt Lake
County delegated the management of the Environmental Dashboard to the Central Wasatch
Commission (CWC), who has since managed the project.
The CWC Environmental Dashboard project objectives are to:
- provide an adaptable digital product, that can evolve with new information over time,
- add a public involvement component, and
- establish a broad spectrum of users as the audience for the Environmental
Dashboard.
The Central Wasatch Commission has contracted with the University of Utah (DIGIT and
Ehleringer labs) to develop the Environmental Dashboard. The beta version of the Dashboard is
the culmination of the project work since 2015.
Following the release of the beta Environmental Dashboard, a two-week public comment period
will commence, scheduled April 20th - May 4th. The public may submit comments by:
- Emailing comments@cwc.utah.gov;
- Submitting a comment form at cwc.utah.gov; or
- Mailing written comments no later than May 4th to:
CWC Offices
41 N Rio Grande Street
Ste 102
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
The Central Wasatch Commission is hosting two Open Houses that will serve as beta
Environmental Dashboard presentation and discussion forums for the public to engage directly
with the developers of the Environmental Dashboard and with Central Wasatch Commission
staff. Those Open Houses will take place:
- April 20, 2022, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom and in-person as part of the Central Wasatch
Commission Stakeholders Council meeting at the Wasatch Front Regional Front
Offices, located at The Gateway
- April 27, 2022, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom
The final version of the Environmental Dashboard is scheduled for rollout during the June 6,
2022, meeting of the Central Wasatch Commission Board.
The public may access the beta Environmental Dashboard at this link: https://cwcedb.utah.edu/
Please note: the data and information displayed on the Dashboard have been collected and
assembled by various federal, state, and local governmental agencies other than the Central
Wasatch Commission. The CWC's purpose in providing this Dashboard is to make such
information available to the public in a free, centralized location.
ABOUT THE CENTRAL WASATCH COMMISSION
The Central Wasatch Commission is an inter-governmental entity with jurisdictions in the
Town of Alta, the Town of Brighton, Cottonwood Heights, Millcreek City, Park City, Salt Lake
City, Sandy City, Summit County, with the Utah Transit Authority and Metropolitan District of
Salt Lake and Sandy as ex-officio members. Building on the work of Mountain Accord, the
Commission seeks to engage the public, build consensus, and coordinate the actions in the
Central Wasatch Mountains. Learn more at cwc.utah.gov.
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For further information, please contact Lindsey Nielsen at 801-706-1004, or
lindsey@cwc.utah.gov
                    
Notice of Special Accommodations: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations (including auxiliary communicative aids and services) during this meeting should notify Kaye Mickelson at (801) 230-2506, 24 hours prior to the meeting.
Notice of Electronic or telephone participation: As per the commission policies.
Other information:
Contact Information: Lindsey Nielsen
(801)706-1004
lindsey@cwc.utah.gov
Posted on: April 20, 2022 09:36 AM
Last edited on: April 20, 2022 09:36 AM

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