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Thank you to everyone who attended the 11th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium! This free two-day conference encourages a comprehensive review of the current state of our watershed while creating learning opportunities for a diverse array of stakeholders. Sessions covered a broad range of topics on water quality and watershed issues with local, regional, and national relevance. Hosted by Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration.

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Thursday, November 16 • 10:20am - 10:50am
How’s our Watershed’s Health? Ask your Mouth-Feet and Mussels

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How’s our Watershed’s Health? Ask your Mouth-Feet and Mussels

Summary:
Our poster children and ultimate metric of watershed health, native mollusks, are rapidly disappearing from Utah

Full Abstract:
When it comes to our watershed, do we want to strive for: world class health, average American sloth-like health, or “whatever the government decides, is good enough for me” health? Measuring and monitoring watershed health is by no means an easy task, however we propose that any valid SLC watershed doctor’s toolbox should include the ultimate metric; native mollusk population viability, particularly mussel population viability. We will discuss why native mollusks are so important to the health of our watershed based on findings from several years of field surveys and several decades pondering that age old question, ‘by Jimini, just how do we measure and monitor watershed health’? and conclude that viable native mollusk populations are the go to tools. We then provide initial guidance on how to use them.

Speakers
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Theron Miller

Research Director, Wasatch Front Water Quality Council
BS; Utah State University, Aquatic Sciences | MS; University of Alberta, Aquatic toxicology | PhD; University of Alberta, Aquatic Ecology/Limnology | Worked for Utah Division of Water Quality for 10 years managing the nonpoint source program, Wetlands Assessment Program and L... Read More →
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David Richards

Conservation Biologist, OreoHelix Ecological Consulting
Dr Richards, a conservation biologist, has been conducting research on aquatic ecosystems since Ancient Lake Bonneville drained the swamp. One of his primary research foci is on aquatic macroinvertebrates, particularly freshwater mollusks and how they relate to water quality. He... Read More →



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