Projects to Help the Community

Sugarhouse Park Project

The Project in 2014 was to improve conditions for the birds and other wild life residing in sugar house park. The public interaction impacts the quality of wild life and publics safety of a contained water feature in the urban area.

The 2014 Sugar House Project began operations in April with monitoring every 48-64 hours of bird populations, behavioral patterns, and observing for illness. Please consider becoming a sponsor or volunteer.

Donors and sponsors of this project were:

  • Darden Foundation, Red Lobster and The Olive Garden
  • Intermountain Farmers Association, SLC.
  • United Way of Salt Lake,
  • Utah PaperBox,
  • Alchem Environmental,
  • Losee Architects,
  • Sugar House Park Authority,
  • Bureau of Chemical and Environmental Testing,
  • Starbucks Coffee,
  • Reams grocery,
  • Smiths Food & Drug.

The 2013 project officially ended on September 12 with positive results and no birds died during the coarse of the project. We want to thank all the volunteers and sponsors that participated, You have made a difference!

2014 Tally Sheet

  • April 30 began Water and Air testing (W&A)
  • May’s testing showed high levels of Coliforms,
  • June tests confirm E-coli levels in excess of DWQ standards,
  • June 21, Physical Clean-up project starts weekly.
  • 155 Lbs. of debris recovered on day 1 from around the pond.
  • Sept. 9, Heavy storm with hail kills 20 ducks and leaves many others injured and acceptilate to dieses.
  • Sept. 20, 7 ducks recovering from parasitic infestations and tally of 52 total fatalities since Sept. 9

2014 Tally Sheet

  • April 30 began Water and Air testing (W&A)
  • May’s testing showed high levels of Coliforms,
  • June tests confirm E-coli levels in excess of DWQ standards,
  • June 21, Physical Clean-up project starts weekly.
  • 155 Lbs. of debris recovered on day 1 from around the pond.
  • Sept. 9, Heavy storm with hail kills 20 ducks and leaves many others injured and acceptilate to dieses.
  • Sept. 20, 7 ducks recovering from parasitic infestations and tally of 52 total fatalities since Sept. 9

Canal Street Project

In 2014 Part of the Jordan river became teaming with safety hazzards to the public and local wild life so ASAP got together a team to clean!

2014 Stats & Facts

  • June 21, 9 volunteers, 18 labor hours, 155 Lbs Debris recovered.
  • June 28, 5 volunteers, 12.5 labor hours, 27 Lbs. Debris recovered
  • July 5, 3 volunteers, 6 labor hours, 39 Lbs. trash
  • July 12, 4 volunteers, 6.5 hours, 49 Lbs. of trash
  • July 19, 4 volunteers, 6 hours, 10 Lbs. of small particulates
  • July 26, 12 volunteers, 25 hours, 43 Lbs. of  trash and  77 Lbs of storm debris
  • Aug 2,  3 volunteers, 3 hours, 9Lbs. of trash.
  • Aug 9,  2 volunteers, 3.5 hours, 11 Lbs. of trash.
  • Aug 16, 2 volunteers, 2 hours, assessments of birds.
  • Aug 23, 2 volunteers, 5 hours, 13 Lbs. of trash, 80 Lbs. of storm debris.
  • Aug 30, 2 volunteers, 4.5 hours, 19 Lbs. of trash, 30 Lbs. of storm debris.
  • Sept 6, Cancelled
  • Sept 13, 5 volunteers, 10 hours, 32 Lbs. of trash, 48 Lbs. of storm debris.
  • Sept 20, 7 volunteers, 14 hours, 21 Lbs of trash. 3 birds recovered.
  • Sept 27,  7 volunteers, 14 hours, 17 Lbs. of trash, 130 Lbs. of storm debris. 
  • Oct. 11, 8 volunteers, 18 hours, 37 Lbs. of trash, 118 Lbs. of storm debris.
  • Oct. 13, Final tests and assessments of project.

The Canal on 1300 West (Canal Street) between 5750 S and 5900 S is a popular stopping place for local patrons of the community to observe and feed the birds and other wildlife which reside adjacent to the North Jordan Canal and surrounding fields. This area has experienced trouble with maintenance and sanitation because of its proximity to Taylorsville and Murray, and a waterway in which disputed responsibility is assumed by the other parties.

In 2010, ASAP organized a clean-up and restoration project with the help of local Boy Scout troops and volunteers. Local residents praised our efforts which included the  installation of recycle cans and improved walkways which they were not able to acquire in years previous from any agency. Our project included repairing holes in fencing, filling wash-outs along the embankments, laying new aggregate for the walkways and posting signage directing patrons to the newly installed recycle cans.

 ASAP is restoring the Canal Street pull-off and areas North into a patron friendly, bird safe environment with improvements to fence lines, grasslands and access for the handicapped and children. This will include installing step-ups at the fence lines, improving walkways, Horticultural reconstruction both north and south of parking, and permanent signage of conduct (which could include names of contributors).


Jan. 27, With a donation from an Expert tree service, Arbor Works of West Valley started The Canal Street Project on Jan. 27 and did an outstanding job in removing unsightly and dead wood from the South end of the pull off where patrons park and feed the birds. Many other improvements are coming in the future. Become a sponsor for this project and if you need tree service in your yard or business go to arborworksnow.com 

Feb. 5th and 19th, ASAP and their interns and volunteers removed all of the underbrush and small trees blocking the view and damaging the fence line.
Feb. 25, Post new signs at Canal Street.
March  4, Pick up gravel from Geneva.
March 7, Pick up road base from CJ Road Base and fill holes along fence.
March 29, Install new liners & gravel for walkways, New steps, New recycle cans!

Sponsers and donors are assembled as follows;

Arbor Works                                
Geneva rock products                           
North Jordan Canal Company                                  
Losee Architects                                                     
Intermountain Farmers Association, SLC                        
Taylorsville City                                                        
Utah PaperBox Sign Company                     
CJ Road base  
Arrow Rock  & Stone                                              
Boy Scouts of America, Troop 99 & 276 
Smith’s Food #066
Home Depot, SLC #4403
Allied Fence company  
Local land owners adjacent to project          
ASAP staff and volunteers

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