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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 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Jordan River Phase II TMDL: The Organic Matter Conundrum

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Jordan River Phase II TMDL: The Organic Matter Conundrum

The Jordan River TMDL is one of the first major TMDLs in the nation to address organic matter as the primary cause of low dissolved oxygen criteria violation. Because organic matter comes in many varieties, sizes and degree of reactivity, this presents particular challenges in understanding sources and potential mechanisms of restoration.

Full Abstract:
Phase I of the Jordan River TMDL concluded that the low dissolved oxygen was primarily the result of elevated values of sediment oxygen demand throughout the lower Jordan River. Considerable work has been performed to more fully understand the sources and transport of difference forms of organic matter, including dissolved organic matter, fine particulate organic matter and coarse particulate organic matter and fractions which may be refractory or more labile. This presentation will update the state of our knowledge with recent research findings and analyses integrated with earlier findings.


Theron Miller

Research Scientist, Wasatch Front Water Quality Council
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