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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

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.


Theron Miller

Senior, senior, scientist, Wasatch Front Water Quality Council
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David Richards

Senior Research Ecologist, OreoHelix Ecological
For well over half a century observing and philosophizing on the science of ecology. It appears that some of this journey has revealed tiny little treasures that would have passed me by if I would have remained working as a government ecologist.

Thursday November 16, 2017 10:20am - 10:50am MST
Lower Level: Ballroom B