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West High School students worked along the Jordan River Friday, working to restore natural habitat as part of a broad effort to improve water quality and revitalize the area.

The project aims to increase awareness among Salt Lake County residents about the river and how to protect it and the watershed.

A $60,000 grant from the Urban Waters Small Grants Program of the federal Environmental Protection Agency is funding the effort, which includes community workshops, outreach in the Fairpark neighborhood and an eventual smartphone app to educate residents.

Salt Lake County's watershed planning and restoration program, the Jordan River Commission and the Center for Documentary Expression and Arts are collaborating on the effort.

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