The headwaters of Red Butte Creek are in the Red Butte Canyon Research Natural Area.
Researchers seek to better understand the natural processes of and human impacts on the Red Butte Creek system and to support resilience of the creek ecosystem.
The Red Butte Creek Strategic Vision is an initiative that addresses sustainability, environmental stewardship, and ecological planning. It was produced with input from a diverse group of stakeholders from: the University of Utah; Research Park administrators; neighboring community members and community council representatives; Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County municipal employees; and students and student groups including the 2013 Global Changes and Society class.
The Red Butte Creek watershed has also been an area of study by the iUTAH project.