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  • New Geologic Hazard Maps for Western Salt Lake Valley
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    Published - 07/09/14 - 09:27 AM | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Utah Geological Survey
    Utah Geological Survey
    (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) - The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) has released a publication containing 10 geologic-hazard maps for an area of western Salt Lake Valley that includes portions of the rapidly developing cities of Herriman, West Jordan, and South Jordan. The maps address hazards associated with earthquakes, landslides, flooding, debris flows, indoor radon, shallow groundwater, rock fall, shallow bedrock, and problem soil and rock (collapsible and expansive soils). The maps present a comprehensive hazard assessment and were prepared by compiling scientific and field data.

    “The maps will provide planners, local officials, property owners, developers, engineers, geologists, design professionals, and the interested public with information on the type and location of critical geologic hazards that may impact existing and future development,” said Jessica Castleton, geologist with the UGS. This information will valuable for use in land-use and development planning, regulation, and design in Utah. While site-specific geotechnical investigations should be performed for all new development, the maps identify areas where additional, specialized geologic-hazard investigations are necessary prior to development.

    City and permitting government agencies will find the geologic hazards maps useful in land-use planning and regulation, and for development of their own infrastructure. The private sector, including property owners, developers, planners, consultants, and the general public, will find the maps useful in development project planning and design, real estate transaction due-diligence, and other activities.

    The Geologic Hazard Maps of the Copperton Quadrangle, Salt Lake County, Utah, (UGS Special Study 152) includes GIS data and is available on CD for $24.95 at the Natural Resources Map & Bookstore, located at 1594 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, (801-537-3320, or 1-888-UTAHMAP; geostore@utah.gov). The maps and report can also be viewed on the UGS website at geology.utah.gov/online/ss/ss-152.pdf

    The Utah Geological Survey provides timely scientific information about Utah’s geologic environment, resources and hazards.

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