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Officials in Summit County may sponsor the installation of signs that indicate the community is "bicycle friendly," Public Works Director Kevin Callahan said.

The local Share the Road Coalition wants the signs installed on State Road 224 south of Olympic Parkway and near White Pine Canyon Road. Two signs were also requested on State Road 248 east of the Park City limits and west of the intersection at U.S. 40.

The non-regulatory signs would provide cyclists and motorists with information to reduce traffic hazards, Callahan said.

The Share the Road group would provide the signs if the county pays less than $300 for poles and installation, Callahan explained.

Phosphorous down in Park City

Storm water can impair the quality of drinking water in Park City and increase erosion and flooding.

But a new study shows Park City significantly reduced the level of phosphorous in the East Canyon Creek watershed, Park City Municipal spokeswoman Phyllis Robinson said in a press release.

The study, funded by Summit County, showed that phosphorous has decreased 18 percent in the area, according to Robinson.

"These are encouraging results and a testimony to the city’s commitment to enforce the storm water institutional controls and required engineering controls for new developments," Jeff Schoenbacher, the city’s environmental coordinator, said in a press release.

In 2000, nearly 50 percent of the phosphorous in the watershed came from Park City.

Storm water can also contain pollutants like oil, salt, sediment, fertilizers and pesticides.

A storm water management plan the city adopted in 2002 requires controls for all construction activities in Park City to limit sediment loss and improve the quality of storm-water runoff, according to Robinson.

"The plan also requires public and contractor education and the maintenance of sediment detention basins to precipitate out the sediment instead of allowing it [to enter] the watershed," the press release states.

A copy of the water-quality report is available at Contact Schoenbacher for more information at 615-5058.

East Canyon water pipeline

The private Summit Water Distribution Company is planning to build a water pipeline to Jeremy Ranch from East Canyon reservoir in Morgan County.

Until June 27, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will accept public comments about the project. The federal government identified the East Canyon pipeline as a "preferred" option for importing water to western Summit County.

But the Bureau of Reclamation must authorize a plan to divert 12,500 acre-feet of water from East Canyon reservoir to a water treatment plant in Jeremy Ranch. The plan includes an intake structure, pump station, possible booster station, power line and transformer substation and nearly six miles of 30-inch pipe, a June 3 notice from the Bureau of Reclamation states.

An environmental assessment will analyze potential impacts of the pipeline. Written comments should be sent to the Bureau of Reclamation at 302 E. 1860 South, Provo, Utah, 84606-7317. Submit comments via email to

More $$ to use the Mirror Lake Highway

The cost to recreate along the Mirror Lake Highway has increased. The former $3 one-day pass has changed to a three-day pass that costs $6.

The cost to stay a week in the Uinta Mountains east of Kamas increased from $6 to $12. An annual pass for recreation along the Mirror Lake Highway jumped from $25 to $45.

Since its introduction in 1997, the recreation fee on the Mirror Lake Highway has generated about $250,000. The fees help fund improvements, including the reconstruction of day-use areas, campgrounds and boating facilities. Fees also help fund the expansion of parking lots and trailheads, and grooming for cross-country and snowmobile trails in the winter, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

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