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Al Hartmann | The Salt lake Tribune Box Elder County, state and federal officials walk along the newly contructed nature trail that passes through the restored wetland area at Willard Bay State Park's Eagle Beach Pavillion North Marina Wednesday May 21. The area was closed in Spring 2013 due to a diesel fuel spill from an underground pipeline. The area has since undergone clean up and improvements including wildlife habitat, restoration of nature trails and new day-use and overflow parking. The area will officialy open to the public on Saturday.
Willard Bay State Park hosts grand reopening a year after diesel spill
First Published May 21 2014 05:37 pm • Last Updated May 21 2014 08:17 pm

More than a year after a diesel fuel spill damaged wetlands at Willard Bay State Park, the park is fully reopening to the public.

A grand reopening is planned Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park’s North Marina. There will be free day-use, live music, food vendors and educational booths.

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On Wednesday, reporters and photographers were given a sneak preview of improvements at the park, which was partially closed last year for cleanup, wildlife habitat restoration, improved nature trails and new day-use and overflow parking.

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Chevron Pipe Line Co. would pay a $875,000 civil penalty for the spill at Willard Bay and another in 2010 into Red Butte Creek in Salt Lake City.

Chevron last December gave the state of Utah $4.45 million for the Willard Bay spill.

The six beavers rescued from the wetlands — and credited with dams that limited the damage — were rehabilitated and transplanted to the Uinta Mountains last August.

On Saturday, there will be boat launching from the South Marina, but not the North Marina due to limited parking. Camping is by reservation.




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