West High School students volunteer at the Jordan River
Published: November 15, 2013 04:24PM
Updated: November 15, 2013 03:33PM
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Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Rafael Nunez, works in a wildlife patch that their class from West High has been working on, near the Jordan River , Friday, November 15, 2013. A group of about 60 West high students are working on the environmental education project funded by the EPA's Urban Waters program.

West High School students worked along the Jordan River Friday, working to restore natural habitat as part of a broad effort to improve water quality and revitalize the area.

The project aims to increase awareness among Salt Lake County residents about the river and how to protect it and the watershed.

A $60,000 grant from the Urban Waters Small Grants Program of the federal Environmental Protection Agency is funding the effort, which includes community workshops, outreach in the Fairpark neighborhood and an eventual smartphone app to educate residents.

Salt Lake County’s watershed planning and restoration program, the Jordan River Commission and the Center for Documentary Expression and Arts are collaborating on the effort.