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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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"The Symposium is tremendously important to the future of all of Utah. You guys are educating stakeholders across Northern Utah in an objective, user-friendly way about issues, problems and concerns that are not being discussed publicly anywhere else."  -Zach Frankel, Utah Rivers Council

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How do I get the mobile event app?  Click here 
Wifi hotspot is "West Valley City Connect", no password needed to logon.
Can I save my schedule? 
Login to create your custom schedule. Use the same email and password as Eventbrite.
Is there a printed program?   No. We are going as paperless as possible this year. Use the mobile event app to see all session details!
Can I print the schedule? Yes. Click here for a printable schedule. Select "Detailed" view for full abstracts. You can also view the 1-page schedule.
Can I get CEU credits?  We've prepared a general use CEU Worksheet.
Cost?  None. This event is free and open to all.
Meals?   Lunches are included with registration.
Venue?  UtahCultural Celebration Center, Website or Venue map
Where can I learn about past Symposiums?  Visit the archives for abstracts, presentation files, photos, and more.
Who can I contact for more info?  Event Manager Lynn Berni, email or (385) 468-6643

Guidelines for Presenters, Exhibitors, and Session Moderators

Note from Symposium Host: Hello and thank you for participating in the 2017 Watershed Symposium! Your willingness to share your time and expertise is critical to the success and vibrancy of this annual conference.


  • Please register for the Symposium.
  • The event is free and lunch will be provided.
  • We expect approximately 300-350 attendees each day.
  • Please agree to leave politics at the door.
  • Venue map:  Utah Cultural Celebration Center
  • Please be aware that photos, videos, and audio will be taken during the Symposium.


  • Please add your photo to your profile, and check your bio.
  • Breakout timeslots are 30 minutes (25 to present and 5 for Q&A). We will keep strict time.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the session start time to check equipment, make sure your presentation is loaded, meet with the session moderator, and resolve any last-minute issues.
  • Breakout session audience size can range from 120-200.
  • Come prepared to give a talk that is informational and interactive!
  • Bring copies of any handouts.
  • Audio recordings and presentation files for each session will be posted online.

Presentation Files
 (powerpoint, pdf, etc.)

  • Completed presentations are due TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
  • Three ways to send us your files:
  • Please save files as:  FullSessionTitle_Lastname_Date (YearMonthDay, e.g._20171105)
  • If using powerpoint, please save a PDF version as well.
  • If using Prezi, please email the link to lberni@slco.org.
  • Presentations must reflect what was submitted on the abstract proposal.


  • Posters will be presented in the Great Hall during the Poster Session.
  • Posters may be setup starting at 7:30am on November 15.
  • We will provide easels, 30x40” board, and binder clips for mounting. If you are bringing a hard-back, pre-mounted poster, please make sure it will not be too large for a typical easel.
  • Let us know if you plan to display your poster on something other than an easel.

Exhibitors (info tables)

  • Please have tables set up by 8:30am on November 15.
    • Set up may start at 7:30am
    • Tables can be left overnight.
  • Staffed tables are preferred, especially during morning registration, breaks, and lunch
  • Please have all tabling staff register for the conference.
  • One 6' x 30" table and two chairs will be provided.
  • Please advise if more space, access to power, or wall space is needed.
  • To help increase traffic and interactivity at the tables, we have networking snack breaks daily prize drawings this year. We'll provide exhibitors with raffle tickets to hand out to table visitors.  

Session Moderators 


  • Please touch base with the Volunteer Coordinator when you check-in
  • Arrive 10 minutes before session start time to check equipment, make sure presentations are on the laptop, meet the speakers, and resolve any last-minute issues.
  • Brief each speaker on how the session will be conducted, including when and how time reminders will be communicated:
    • Determine how they want to handle Q&A: throughout the session, or at the end.
    • Remind them that sessions are 30 minutes total -- 25 min. to present, and a dedicated 5 min. for Q&A at the end
    • You will give time reminders via cards
    • You will announce the session end when time is up

At session start:

  • Introduce the presentation title and each speaker’s name and organization.
  • An introduction “script” will be provided, which you are welcome (but not required) to use. **Note: Please do not read speaker bios verbatim.
  • Request that cell phones be silenced and remind attendees to leave the room before answering a call.
  • Remind the speakers to repeat all questions, This is important. We want to be sure the questions can be heard by everyone in the audience and on the audio recording.
    **You'll have to remind speakers more than once. Don't be shy!

Keeping time:

  • Start on time. This is extremely important to ensure each speaker has their full allotted time, as well as having time for questions and answers.
  • Each session is 30 minutes total -- 25 min. to present and a dedicated 5 min. for Q&A at the end (unless the speakers prefer to take Q's during the session).
  • Use the time reminder cards. You may need to interrupt to ensure they finish on time.
  • Do not let one person monopolize the Q&A. If that happens, suggest they continue their Q's after the session.
  • End on time. Thank the speakers and encourage the audience to give feedback on the mobile app!