The Virgin River and its tributaries run through Zion National Park. This water is the primary agent of erosion that continues to carve and shape Zion. The North Fork of the Virgin River begins north of Zion at Cascade Falls, where it drains out of Navajo Lake at 9,000 feet above sea level. The East Fork of the Virgin River originates above Long Valley. Both the North and East Forks of the Virgin River run through the park and empty into Lake Mead at about 1000 feet above sea level, where it joins the Colorado River.Though the Virgin River is relatively small, it is incredibly steep. The river drops roughly 7,800 feet in the 160 miles it travels. In the park, the river drops an average of 71 feet every mile. In comparison, the Mississippi River drops about one inch every mile. This steepness, caused by the uplift of the Colorado Plateau, has given the Virgin River the ability to cut through sandstone and carve canyons.
Though most of the year the Virgin River runs an average of 100 cubic feet per second, it transports about one million tons of sediment every year. Most of this sediment transport occurs during floods, when the river can swell to thousands of cubic feet per second. These flood events can carry large boulders and rip cottonwood trees out of the ground. It is this powerful force of water that continues to carve the canyon.On March 30, 2009, the upper section of the Virgin River and its tributaries were designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. What is a Wild and Scenic River
The Virgin River is located in the southwest United States and provides essential water resources for both people and nature. Every drop matters. Millions of people drink from its waters and rely on its flow to irrigate farms and ranchland. Carving through the world-class scenery of Zion National Park, and through the booming communities of St. George, Utah, and Mesquite, Nevada, the river plays a major role in tourism, recreation, agriculture and local economies.
Desert rivers are tough places for most fish to live, yet species living in the Virgin River have adapted to arduous conditions: extensive floods, low flows, large sediment loads and high variability in water and air temperatures. But fish can only adapt so much. Researchers have identified that low flows and high water temperatures, competition and predation from non-native species, and a reduction in aquatic habitat quantity and quality are the primary factors causing these declines. As the numbers of native fish have declined, the percentage of non-native species in the river have increased.
In 2018 BLM commissioned a United States Geological Survey study to determine the flows needed to sustain native fish. Understanding the relationship between water flow and water temperature will determine when and how much additional river flow will help sustain fish species.
In September 2017, a group of 23 local community members, irrigation and water districts, non-profit organizations, city representatives, and county, state and federal partners convened to organize the Virgin River Coalition (VRC), with a focus on the Virgin River watershed in Arizona and Nevada, to support similar efforts already underway for the Utah reaches of the river and its tributaries. The goal of the VRC is to ensure that the Lower Virgin River, from the Utah state line to Lake Mead, continues to support local communities and nature. In 2019, the group completed a Watershed Plan to improve the ecological health of the river to benefit future generations of residents, businesses, recreational users, farmers and ranchers. In 2020, TNC hired a Virgin River Coordinator (VRC) who will help organize community volunteer events and provide educational outreach with the goal of increasing public awareness of and engagement with the Virgin River Watershed Area.
Next steps for the VRC will include assisting the City of Mesquite with its recreation plan, initiating restoration actions for riparian habitat, developing a plan to restore native fish species, and exploring ways to increase the flexibility of water management to benefit farmers, the community and the river.
The closure is needed as construction crews begin replacing the existing bridge with a new bridge. The public will not be able to access or utilize the river or adjacent lands at this location during the construction project. Prohibited activities will include kayaking, boating, swimming, sightseeing and other water recreational activities.
The Utah Division of Drinking Water is working with local utilities to ensure drinking water that originates from the river is free of cyanotoxins. Currently, the Washington County Water Conservancy District, Zion National Park, and the Towns of Virgin and Rockville are not using the North Fork of the Virgin River as a drinking water source. Continued daily tests of Springdale drinking water and agricultural water have not detected the presence of cyanotoxins. The Town of Springdale will continue testing drinking water to make sure the water is safe.
Benthic cyanobacteria attach themselves to the bottom of rivers and lakes and can appear as mats on rocks, submerged debris, sand, cobbles, or plants attached to the bottom of a waterbody.The water can appear clear where these mats are growing. Recreational thresholds are set at 15 μg/L (micrograms per liter) of anatoxin-a for a Warning Advisory and 90 μg/L of anatoxin-a for a Danger Advisory.
The Virgin River Trail follows the Virgin River valley through the city of St. George in the southwest corner of Utah. The trail provides striking views of the river as well as connections to nearby residences, public facilities, and commercial centers.
The Virgin River, flowing through spectacular Washington County, Utah, offers a rare chance to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Virgin River Gorge as well as its exciting whitewater. After flowing leisurely out of Zion National Park and past the city of St. George, the river begins its descent through the Virgin River Gorge. The riverbed is steep, dropping an average of 70 feet per mile - 10 times steeper than the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
As one of the few western rivers not dam controlled, the Virgin River's water level depends solely on the annual snowpack of the surrounding mountains. Spring runoff period is the only time the Virgin is raftable. Low water levels due to a statewide drought the past several years has made the Virgin River temporarily unraftable; please check with local outfitters before planning a trip down the river.
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