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ECCC News Letter May 2023

Flood Mitigation Efforts Continue

While most of this update looks forward to the drier spring and summer to come, we are currently still in the middle of an ongoing flood emergency. There is still a great deal of snow on the higher canyon rims, and much of it will melt over the next few days in the predicted higher temperatures. If you need assistance with encroaching flood waters or sliding soils, please visit, the Metro Township Council website, for emergency contact information. If your own home is secure, visit the site to volunteer or to report your volunteer time.

Thanks to everyone in and around this community who have recently given so much to help their neighbors in need. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Canyon Firewise Day Is Saturday June 17

I know we’re still sandbagging and nervously watching mudslides, but our spring floods will soon give way to high, dry weather and rising wildfire risk. To help make that transition, please set aside the morning of June 17 for Canyon Firewise Day. Join your neighbors at the fire station from 9:00 a.m. to noon for a full slate of Firewise favorites including a family-sized pancake breakfast courtesy of Mayor Joe Smolka, kid-friendly activities, firefighting equipment displays, and essential insights on fire-adapted living from a who’s who of wildfire professionals. Firewise Day is an annual opportunity for every canyon household to reassess its own wildfire preparedness. Are our homes fire-hardened and protected by defensible perimeters? Have we subscribed to the community's emergency communication service? Have we made and practiced an evacuation plan? At Firewise Day we'll have the chance to learn from local authorities, including members of Unified Fire Authority, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and the U.S Forest Service. It's fun, it's informative, and it's a great way to help make Emigration Canyon safer for all this fire season.

The Chipping Crews Will Come Again, Probably In July

The spring runoff is complicating summer schedules for all our first responders, but Unified Fire Authority has assured us that its Fuels Crew will return this year for a canyon-wide chipping service, probably in early July. This is our opportunity to maintain or expand the defensive space around our homes without the labor or expense of transporting thinned material out of the canyon. Just stack your brush neatly at the roadside for processing into chips that will be left in place.

As always, the crew will make just one circuit of the canyon, including the main road and all paved secondary roads. Material brought to the roadside after the crew has passed will not be processed.

As we get closer and the schedule becomes more certain, we’ll ask all who plan to participate to register by email, so we can provide the crews with a street-by-street itinerary to ensure that every home is served. Watch your inboxes for updates.

Let’s Get Leashed!

Contributed by Salt Lake County Animal Services

Spring is here and it’s time for you and your pup to roam the neighborhood, the parks, and the trails. Before you bound out of the house grab a leash and those poop bags.

Leash Laws

Many violators of this ordinance will claim that they’re pet is friendly, or less aggressive when on leash. But Salt Lake County Animal Services would remind you not everyone likes a “friendly” off-leash dog, nor do other dogs that are on leash. A leash is not an optional accessory, it’s the LAW to wear one. If you and your dog are caught being off-leash, and it’s not a designated off-leash dog park, you will get a ticket and will pay a fine.

Pack Out the Poo

It’s the law to clean up after your dog, if you get caught not picking up their poop, expect to pay a fine. This is another public nuisance violation. Be a considerate neighbor or hiker and carry poop bags to clean-up after your dog when they defecate out on an adventure, whether it’s in the neighborhood or on a busy hiking trail, you must pick it up.

The Laws

Curious about the ordinances in your city or township? Check out and visit our “Laws” section to look up the ordinances in your area.

Need to contact an officer? Call dispatch at 801-840-4000.

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