Date of Award:

1968

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Department:

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Advisor/Chair:

Malcolm G. Bishop

Abstract

Utah Lake, located near Provo, Utah, is a lake of relatively low recreational development. There are certain inherent conditions that contribute to this situation. Four of them are, water level fluctuation, pollution, turbidity and the close proximity of other recreation sites of possible high desirability. This thesis explores these four problems and offers solutions and recommendations to solve or otherwise control their effect on recreation at Utah Lake.

The water level fluctuation will be under greater control after the Central Utah Project completes certain alterations in the lake and its watershed. Some fluctuation will continue but by proper design of facilities, the effect will be minimal.

The pollution situation is much improved now that the Water Pollution Control Act has stopped the flow of raw sewage to the lake.

Turbidity is caused by the wind action on the surface of this shallow lake and may be an insoluble problem. However, by altering the bottom situation of the lake, the effect of this problem can be lessened.

Other recreation sites are readily available to the residents of Utah Valley. However, Utah Lake offers some opportunities of its own that are not found elsewhere at these nearby mountain sites. By providing facilities to capitalize of the lake's major attractions, namely, boating, fishing, and hunting, the major effect of these other recreation sites on Utah Lake will be slight.

Certain shoreline locations provide definite potential for specific types of recreational developments. If these sites are carefully planned and properly designed, the existing problems can be lessened and the recreational potential at Utah Lake greatly increased.

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