Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Committee Chair(s)

Richard E. Toth


Richard E. Toth


Craig Johnson


John Nicholson


John Kadlec


The purpose of this thesis is to identify land use planning strategies which are most appropriate for the mitigation of nonpoint surface water pollution problems in Cache County, Utah. This work expands on an initial planning effort by the County intended to address these pollution problems. Unfortunately, that effort resulted in the adoption of an ordinance which falls short of ensuring surface water protection.

Planning strategies designed to protect wetlands and provide water resource protection have been proposed and implemented in other regions of the United States. A sample of these programs was selected and their similarities and differences were examined. The commonality and uniqueness of their features was also noted. A thorough analysis of the Brandywine Creek planning effort in Chester County, Pennsylvania is also conducted. Features of this work are used as a framework against which to test recommendations for a wetland and water resources protection program in Cache County.

Vegetative buffer strips along streams, wetlands, and watercourses are suggested as a means of improving water quality in the County. A compliance point system is outlined as an administrative framework to achieve the spatial configuration vegetative buffer strips would provide. Features of the recommended program are applied to a pilot study site within Cache County, Utah. Plans are developed which demonstrate how future spatial qualities and land use patterns would be affected by the implementation of the recommended water resources protection policies.