MILL CREEK STREAM ALERT

UPDATE: Aug. 2, 2021

Following extensive cleanup efforts and heavy rains, the water quality issues in Mill Creek stream caused by the concrete release are now resolved according to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and Salt Lake County Health Department. The public is welcome to use the stream again for irrigation and recreation.

Cleanup crews have removed sixty 50-gallon bags of potentially contaminated material.

Division of Wildlife Resources are reporting as of Monday, roughly 300 fish have been collected thus far during the cleanup. These have primarily been collected from about 2300 East upstream. The DWR is still trying to determine the total fish kill count from this incident. No significant fish impacts have been observed in the Jordan River or lower Mill Creek, but please report any fish issues in these reaches to the DWR Central Region office at 801-491-5678.

If you have any questions, please call the project hotline at 844-909-3278.

UPDATE: July 31, 2021

Cleanup continues on the concrete spill in Mill Creek Stream. To date, crews have cleaned up twenty 50-gallon bags of potentially contaminated material (dirt, rocks, etc.). The investigation into exactly how this happened continues. What we do know is between 2-5 cubic yards of concrete spilled into the stream. It is important that people and pets continue to stay out of the water and away from Mill Creek Stream west of I-215 to 700 East. The drinking water system is NOT impacted.

Background

A concrete spill in Mill Creek Stream west of I-215 to at least 700 East has increased PH levels which can cause skin irritations. It is imperative that humans and pets stay out of the water and away from Mill Creek Stream. The Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Department of Environmental Quality and Salt Lake County Health Department are on scene and working to address the situation. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Shifted traffic lanes on I-80 and I-215

  • Uneven pavement in travel lanes, including drainage grates

  • Reduced speed limit on I-80 and I-215

  • All lanes open Monday through Friday during peak hours

  • Overnight and weekend closures

  • Increased dust, noise and vibration

  • Work occurring simultaneously on I-80 and I-215 

The construction schedule and activities are subject to change.​​

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