OGDEN -- Last spring, the city wrapped up the restoration of more than a mile of the Ogden River as it travels through the heart of downtown, but the work on local rivers isn't finished yet.
Ogden City Engineer Justin Anderson said the city wants to expand the work westward on the Ogden River and do some of the same things to the Weber River. Anderson said the city is raising money and looking to find grants to accomplish just that.
When the city finished work on the $6 million Ogden River restoration project, thousands of tons of concrete, glass, rusted shopping carts, auto parts, tires and even full cars had been removed from the river between Washington Boulevard and the Union Pacific railroad.
Work was also performed to build interior flood plains, stabilize the river's banks, improve water flow and offer 25 new pedestrian access points.
Several types of vegetation were planted to buffer pollution sources, reduce channel temperatures and provide aquatic food sources.
"We would like to expand," Anderson said. "We worked so hard on the restored portion, and the river looks great right there, but sometimes I'll walk farther out to the west and say, 'Man, I'd like to do the same things here.' So we always want to be thinking about planning for the future."
A screening of this year's Fly Fishing Film Tour film is set for 7 p.m. March 8 at Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd. Anderson said proceeds raised from the film will go toward continued maintenance on the restored portion of the Ogden River.
That maintenance could include anything from planting new trees and getting rid of weeds to replacing the decks along the river.
"The Ogden River through downtown is a different place now," Anderson said. "It was once a place you wanted to avoid, but now you'll see moms walking along the river with strollers. It's a great benefit to the community, but we've got to work to keep it that way."
The city has also submitted a RAMP grant to do similar restoration work on the Weber River near Serge Simmons Field in west Ogden.
The field was damaged by flooding in 2011, and Anderson said now is the perfect time to make certain restorations to the nearby river.
Anderson said the city would do some in-stream channel work, bank stabilization, make some new access paths to the river and install a pavilion.
"We want to do some of the same kinds of things we did to improve the Ogden River," Anderson said.
That project is still awaiting funding, but it's listed in the city's fiscal year 2014-2018 capital improvement plan. That project would likely cost about $260,000.