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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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Wednesday, November 15
 

8:40am

KEYNOTE Unveiling the Anthropocene—A Super Wicked Story
KEYNOTE Unveiling the Anthropocene—A Super Wicked Story

Humanity’s disruption of the planetary climate system represents an existential threat to an organized global community. This is the robust conclusion of an extraordinarily large scientific community, based on an observational dataset of unprecedented scale. And yet, global climate disruption is but one of a host of existential environmental challenges we face, all emergent from the same underlying pathologies. At this juncture, with an unprecedented opportunity to begin the transformation to a truly sustainable human civilization, it is critical that we address our challenges holistically, each in context of all the others. Fortunately, solid frameworks are emerging for doing exactly this.

Speakers
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Robert Davies

Physicist, Utah State University
Dr. Robert Davies is Associate Professor of Professional Practice with Utah State University’s Dep’t of Physics. Focusing on synthesizing and communicating a broad range of Earth- and human systems science through a lens of human sustainability, Rob has been communicating climate... Read More →



9:10am

Creating Water Strategy Using High-Altitude Idea Collisions
Creating Water Strategy Using High-Altitude Idea Collisions

Summary:
In 2013, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert launched a water strategy initiative that became a three-phase, four-year process and ended in an exemplary synthesis of ideas and ideologies. The presentation describes lessons learned by the team in managing the “human factor” among the high deserts, political polarity, and powdery peaks of Utah.

Full Abstract:
Creating Water Strategy Using High-Altitude Idea Collisions In 2013, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert launched a water strategy initiative that became a three-phase, four-year process and ended in an exemplary synthesis of ideas and ideologies. The process culminated in a series of reports, with a 201-page final report and its 93 recommendations delivered to Gov. Herbert by the diverse 41-member advisory team in July, 2017.

The three phases produced distinct deliverables consisting of:
  • In Phase 1, extensive public comments and written reports on six key topics. 
  • In Phase 2, participation in the Envision Utah Your Utah, Your Future statewide visioning project. The project produced two public values surveys that ranked water as the most significant issue affecting Utah’s future. 
  • In Phase 3, a 201-page final report from a diverse 41-member advisory team that included 93 recommendations organized around eleven key policy questions. 
The key policy questions addressed are listed below (quoted verbatim from the report):
1. What is the role of water conservation and efficiency in Utah?
2. How will diverted water supplies be developed to meet competing and ever increasing demands?
3. How does Utah provide water for agricultural lands and food production in the face of competing water demands?
4. What should we do to preserve natural systems in the face of increasing water demands?
5. How do we protect and sustain the quality of Utah’s water?
6. How will Utah plan for, adequately fund, and use innovative solutions to maintain, replace, and redesign existing water infrastructure and build new water infrastructure over the next 40-50 years?
7. In what ways will weather and a changing climate impact future water supply and demand?
8. How do we optimize our water resources to sustain the economy and quality of life for Utah residents?
9. What is the framework for Utah water law and policy, and how will stakeholders modernize it?
10. What is the role of policymakers, both elected and appointed, at all levels of government?
11. What roles will science, technology, and innovation play in addressing Utah's future water needs?

The team included a broad range of stakeholder interests and viewpoints, yet the team members reached agreement on the report. As stated in the report, the advisory team recommendations represent not only a collaborative and balanced look at the key water issues facing Utah, but also an outreach and education effort to Governor Herbert and other “elected officials and policymakers, water planners, state and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, water user groups, and the public at large.” The presentation describes interplay among the stakeholders in developing a consensus report, key findings, the team decisions to emphasize climate change adaptation rather than causation, and to emphasize conservation, and the prospects for implementation of significant recommendations. It also includes lessons learned by the team in managing the “human factor” among the high deserts, political polarity, and powdery peaks of Utah.

Speakers
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Ari Bruening

Chief Operating Officer, Envision Utah
Ari Bruening has extensive experience in visioning and implementation efforts for regions and large-scale projects. Prior to joining Envision Utah, he helped manage visioning and entitlement projects for the San Diego region; Laie, Hawaii; the 93,000-acre Kennecott Land Company project... Read More →



9:50am

The Great Water Decoupling, the Bear River and the Salt Lake Valley
The Great Water Decoupling, the Bear River and the Salt Lake Valley

Summary:
Although some believe the Wasatch Front is need more water for growth, booming cities outside Utah have seen water demand drop through a mix of good planning, clever storytelling and market economics. Come learn how this Great Decoupling has been achieved and what must happen for it to occur in Salt Lake County and the Wasatch Front.

Full Abstract:
For decades, water leaders across the American West have been warning the public about the coming water shortage due to population growth occurring in an arid land. Media stories have showered our culture in a cloud of doom about the coming water crisis owed to our love of urban growth and its impacts upon our environment. Conservationists have drawn a line in the sand trying to save the last of our aquatic landscapes, turning water planning dialogues into ethical lessons about climate change and species extinction. But a funny thing happened on the way to the debate: The Great Decoupling. In contrast to what the Population Bomb taught us, municipal water use has decreased in the face of rapid population growth. This Decoupling between population growth and municipal water demand can be seen again and again over the last 20 years outside Utah, where communities are reaping the rewards from decisions made by a new generation of water planners. Urban centers like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles decreased their total water demand, even while their population has greatly increased over several decades. Contrary to past dire warnings about running out of municipal water, a new generation of water leaders has managed to implement sustainable water policies originating out of a combination of economics, grassroots education and cutting edge marketing. Much is at stake for the Salt Lake Valley, as some water leaders claim that multi-billion Bear River Development is essential to the future of suburban residents, less our municipal population runs out of this precious liquid we all love. But critics worry about the project’s many impacts since the Bear River is the single largest source of surface water to the Great Salt Lake. Many fear proposed Bear River Development will lower the elevation of the Lake dramatically, impacting the hundreds of migratory bird species which rely upon the Lake’s shoreline wetlands in their travels across the Western Hemisphere. Health advocates worry about air quality impacts from the project by virtue of increasing lakebed airborne dust levels during windstorms. Will Utah experience the Great Decoupling and avoid these impacts? In this workshop, we explore how large urban centers managed to grow their populations while either decreasing or keeping their total water demand level. These communities reduced water use by changing their perspective on how they communicate water stories, how they value water and how they market water to their constituents. Participants will come away with bold new perspectives on water in Utah, why it matters how we value water, how we communicate water decisions and identify opportunities to apply this perspective to Utah water dialogues differently.

Speakers
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Zachary Frankel

Executive Director, Utah Rivers Council
Zachary Frankel is the founder and Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council. Zach started the organization in 1995 after he received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Utah. Zach has been working on water education and conservation across the American West for over 25 years... Read More →
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Dan McCool

Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department, University of Utah
Dan McCool is the former director of Environmental & Sustainability Studies at the University of Utah. Dan has written and been interviewed widely on environmental issues, particularly related to water in the west. He holds a Ph.D.in Political Science from the University of Arizo... Read More →



10:40am

Urban Stormwater Impacts on the Jordan River: Who Could Have Guessed?
Urban Stormwater Impacts on the Jordan River: Who Could Have Guessed?

Summary:
Stormwater impacts have been shown to be significant and should be mitigated to increase DO and improve overall water quality in the Lower Jordan River.

Full Abstract:
In 2012 the Utah Department of Environmental Quality completed a total maximum daily load study on the Jordan River that concluded dissolved oxygen levels throughout the Lower Jordan are often below those necessary for the established beneficial use due to various sources of course particulate organic matter. A study by Richardson in 2014 evaluated the leaching of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from coarse particulate matter entering storm drains during runoff events. His study found that the DOC generated from terrestrial grass and leaf debris in stormwater was readily biodegradable with a high long-term biochemical oxygen demand (BOD). To determine the extent that stormwater is responsible for the low DO in the Lower Jordan River, continuous data collected by an iUTAH aquatic monitoring station at the storm drain outlet at 1300 South were paired with lab results to quantify pollutant loads during both dry periods and storm events. Parameters available for continuous monitoring included fluorescent dissolved organic matter (fDOM) and specific conductivity, both of which dramatically spike during storm events. An Isco autosampler was installed at the site and programmed to begin sampling when certain thresholds of these parameters were met. These grab samples were brought back to the lab are analyzed for BOD, DOC, metals, phosphorous and nitrogen - all parameters that cannot be continuously measured with the installed probes. The goal was to then connect these values, particularly BOD and DOC, to the continuous parameters, particularly fDOM, available at the aquatic monitoring site, to determine correlations between continuous monitoring and lab generated data. These correlations were then used to estimate the fluctuations of BOD and DOC using continuous fDOM measurements in both the stormwater discharge and in the Lower Jordan River measured upstream from 1300 South. This presentation will highlight the fDOM/DOC/BOD relationships established for the 1300 South stormwater discharge and upstream in the Jordan River, will present the significant impact of the stormwater discharge to the Jordan during rainfall events, and will explore various green infrastructure approaches that could be implemented in the watershed to mitigate this impact over time.

Speakers
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R Ryan Dupont

Professor, Utah State University
Dr. Dupont is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University and has more than 35 years of experience teaching and conducting applied and basic research in environmental engineering at the Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University. He received... Read More →



12:50pm

Poster Session
The poster session is a forum for presenters from around the world to highlight programs and to share successful ideas with colleagues by presenting a research study, a practical problem-solving effort, an innovative program, and more. Poster presentations provide other conference participants an opportunity to quickly and easily become acquainted with a variety of topics.

Check the POSTERS tab to see all poster presenters!


1:40pm

Using Living Buildings to Achieve A Sustainable Water Future
Using Living Buildings to Achieve A Sustainable Water Future

Summary:
The world’s most rigorous standard for green buildings, Living Buildings don't just take less from the environment, they are regenerative and give back. This group presentation will discuss how Living Buildings can support local strategies for lasting sustainability, foster partnerships and achieve relevant solutions from a watershed perspective.

Full Abstract:
While much of Utah has recognized the value of green buildings, a cadre of groups seeks to challenge the boundaries of what it means to build green and how green infrastructure can help us achieve a sustainable water future in Salt Lake County. The Living Building Challenge (LBC), administered by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), is the world’s most rigorous standard for green buildings. Rather than striving to take less from the environment, Living Buildings are regenerative and give back to the environment. Being net-positive energy, collecting and treating all water on site, and eliminating toxic chemicals in building materials - providing a healthy environment for its occupants - are highlights within the certification program. As population growth and construction continue to increase in Salt Lake County, it is crucial for new and existing buildings to adopt regenerative building practices to ensure our limited natural resources can meet future needs. Living Buildings are an important step for creating a society that uses our precious energy and water supplies sustainably and the Living Building Challenge helps promote responsible growth in our communities while reducing the impact we have on our amazing rivers and other fresh water resources. This group presentation will discuss how Living Buildings can support local strategies for lasting sustainability, foster partnerships and achieve relevant solutions from a watershed perspective. This session will strive to be dynamic and interactive and will be offered by Utah’s local ILFI chapter, Great Basin Collaborative, comprised of a mix of businesses, non-profit groups and agencies including Architectural Nexus, Utah Clean Energy, and Utah Rivers Council.

Speakers
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Kenner Kingston

President, Architectual Nexus
Kenner was an early adopter of the USGBC’s LEED rating system and served as Nexus’ first Director of Sustainability. In addition to being the only Living Future Accredited Professional in the Great Basin, Kenner volunteers his time as an Ambassador Presenter for the International... Read More →
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Nick Schou

Conservation Director, Utah Rivers Council
Nick Schou has a M.S. in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah, a B.A. in History from Westminster College. Nick spent 5 years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in remote river canyons to restore endangered native fish species of the Colorado River. Nick... Read More →



2:20pm

Creating a Native Prairie Landscape within a Concrete Jungle
Creating a Native Prairie Landscape within a Concrete Jungle

Summary:
A traditional regional stormwater facility has been revitalized to a more natural landscape featuring a meandering stream, native vegetation, and a trail system. This presentation will highlight key design and stormwater management aspects.

Full:
In 2008, the City of Fargo, ND Park District constructed a regional stormwater pond treatment system to treat urban runoff from neighboring developing areas. Over time, the detention basins have degraded leading the Park District to work on revitalizing the area. Construction has begun on a revitalization design that converts the stormwater ponds into a native prairie and meandering stream landscape. In addition to providing stormwater management and ecological restoration, the site provides a unique opportunity for education and recreation. The old detention basins will be converted to four smaller ponds connected by the meandering stream. A recirculation lift station within the pond-channel system will provide a baseflow during dry periods. Native vegetation, pedestrian trials, and bridges will be integrated within the original pond footprint. The overall system will still be able to operate as a pond during large rain events. These updates allow for a greater mix of native plant species improving local biodiversity. Our presentation will focus on the key stormwater design aspects and discuss similarities to the numerous urban parks throughout Salt Lake County’s riparian areas.

Speakers
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Zach Magdol

Water Resources Engineer, AE2S
Zach earned a Master's from the U where he research Red Butte Creek. Currently, Zach works as a water resources engineer for a civil engineering consulting firm. His projects include stormwater management and design and floodplain analysis.



 
Thursday, November 16
 

8:40am

KEYNOTE Salt Lake County's Climate Adaptation Plan for Public Health
KEYNOTE Salt Lake County's Climate Adaptation Plan for Public Health

The release of greenhouse gases into the earth's atmosphere has set the climate on a course to change drastically in the near future, and these changes are having a significant impact on human health in Salt Lake County. There is broad scientific consensus that climate change is occuring at a rate raste than previously anticipated, and is causing warmer temperatures, droughts, and more frequent extreme weather events in our region. It is important that we take action now, both to mitigate the impacts of climate change and to develop adaptation strategies that enhance the region's resiliency to the inevitable changes it will experience. Many responses to climate change could positively impact the region in multiple ways, simultaneously reducing the burden of disease, saving money, protecting the environment, developing community, and addressing inequality. Salt Lake County's Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Public Health will provide a plan for organizations in the Salt Lake region to respond to the health impacts of climate change, serving to build a healthier, more resilient community, and setting an example for other local health departments in Utah.

Speakers
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Royal DeLegge

Director, Environmental Health, Salt Lake County Health Department
Royal DeLegge has served as Environmental Health Director for the Salt Lake County Health Department since August 1999. Previously, Royal served as Director of Environmental Health for the Winnebago County Health Department in Rockford, Illinois and before that held various positions... Read More →



9:05am

Panel Discussion on Local Watershed Planning Efforts and Implementation in the Wasatch Mountains
Panel Discussion on Local Watershed Planning Efforts and Implementation in the Wasatch Mountains 

This panel will discuss local planning and implementation efforts along in the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake County as two major plans kick off updates. The panel will include discussion of the history of planning efforts for these mountain watersheds as well as emerging issues current planning efforts have yet to address. In addition, the discussion will include the coordination of the plan updates.


Moderators
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Alan Matheson

Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Alan Matheson is the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and policy advisor to Governor Gary R. Herbert. He also served as State Planning Coordinator. Alan previously was an attorney practicing energy, natural resources and water law, and served as Executive... Read More →

Speakers
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Laura Briefer

Director, Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities
Laura Briefer is the Director of Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities where she has worked for 10 years in various areas of the organization and has 23 years professional experience in natural resource and environmental professions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors... Read More →
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Teresa Gray

Bureau Manager, Water Quality Hazardous Waste, Salt Lake County Health Department
Teresa Gray is the Bureau Manager Water Quality and Hazardous Waste for the Salt Lake County Health Department which consists of 19 programs.  She has been a Licensed Environmental Health Scientist for over 20 years. Her focus is on building partnerships. She has extensive knowledge... Read More →
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Bekee Hotze

Distric Ranger, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Bekee Hotze is the District Ranger for the Salt Lake Ranger District, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. She graduated from Northland College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She worked for Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission in fisheries and the Wisconsin DNR... Read More →
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Wilf Sommerkorn

Director, Salt Lake County Regional Planning & Transportation
Wilf Sommerkorn is the Director of Regional Planning and Transportation for Salt Lake County.  He was Salt Lake City Planning Director from 2008 to 2014.  Prior to that, Wilf was Director of the Davis County Community & Economic Development Department for 14 years.  He was a planner... Read More →



10:20am

How’s our Watershed’s Health? Ask your Mouth-Feet and Mussels
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 Scientist, Wasatch Front Water Quality Council
Another ancient druid
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David Richards

Research Ecologist, OreoHelix Ecological
Ancient druid



10:20am

Water Quality Studies, TMDLs, Project Work...Oh My!
Water Quality Studies, TMDLs, Project Work...Oh My!

Summary:
Utah Division of Water Quality (UDWQ) is conducting several water quality studies within the Utah Lake-Jordan River watershed. These studies delve deep into the world of protecting and improving water quality along the Wasatch Front.

Full Abstract:
Utah Division of Water Quality (UDWQ) is conducting several water quality studies within the Utah Lake-Jordan River watershed. These studies delve deep into the world of protecting and improving water quality along the Wasatch Front. Utah Lake’s water quality study will determine the effects of nutrients on the ecological integrity of the lake and help establish protective endpoints for the future. UDWQ is also focusing on the next phase of the Lower Jordan River Dissolved Oxygen (DO) Total Maximum Daily Load. In Phase 1 bulk load allocations of organic matter were established for both point and nonpoint sources. Phase 2 will focus on applying a more robust model to develop specific load allocations for sources throughout the watershed. In addition to in-depth water quality studies, UDWQ is also participating in on-going remediation efforts along the mainstem of the Jordan River and tributaries. This work is often accomplished through a cohort of partnering entities who share a common goal of preserving water quality throughout the watershed.

Speakers
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Scott Daly

Environmental Scientist, Utah Division of Water Quality
Scott Daly is the Utah Lake Watershed Coordinator for the Utah Division of Water Quality’s Watershed Protection Section. In this role he is involved in a diverse range of activities related to Utah Lake including scientific water quality studies, watershed planning, nonpoint source... Read More →
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Lucy Parham

Environmental Scientist, Utah Division of Water Quality
Lucy Parham is a TMDL and watershed coordinator for the Utah Division of Water Quality. She currently manages watershed implementation in the Uinta Basin and TMDL development for the Jordan River. Prior to working for DWQ, she was a water resources consultant in Salt Lake City where... Read More →
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Sandy Wingert

Environmental Scientist, UDWQ
Sandy Wingert is an Environmental Scientist who has worked for the Utah Division of Water Quality for past 11 years. She got her Master’s degree in Environmental Health from the University of South Carolina. For the State, she is charged with all things related to water quality... Read More →



1:10pm

The Great Salt Lake: Water Not Wasted
The Great Salt Lake: Water Not Wasted

This presentation will highlight the importance of keeping water in Great Salt Lake. Great Salt Lake brings millions of birds to the State of Utah to fuel up for their long migrations and it also hosts many birds that stay in the valley to feed on brine shrimp and brine flies. The lake is also important for many big industries that use it's resources for the benefit of human life, from table salt to fertilizers. The beauty of lake brings photographers, tourists and recreation to our State. There are so many reasons why the water that flows into Great Salt Lake is not wasted and this talk will cover five of the main reasons and hopefully shine a light on just how amazing this natural resource is.

Link to Presentation (Prezi)

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Kijowski

Ashley Kijowski

Wildlife Biologist II, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Ashley Kijowski is a Wildlife Biologist at the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program (GSLEP) within the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). Here she develops research questions, prepares study design and conducts research in regards to the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. The focus... Read More →



1:50pm

Unique Bird Habitat on a Prehistoric Jordan River Delta as it Enters Great Salt Lake—National Audubon Society’s Gillmor Sanctuary
Unique Bird Habitat on a Prehistoric Jordan River Delta as it Enters Great Salt Lake—National Audubon Society’s Gillmor Sanctuary

Summary:
Audubon manages a bird preserve on the Jordan River for saline mudflats and ephemeral wetlands for many of the millions of birds that depend on a diverse wetland complex. Issues and threats such as climate change, water quantity, quality and timing make preserving this unique habitat increasingly important for sustaining the biodiversity of GSL.

Full Abstract:
Since 1992, National Audubon Society (Audubon) has been actively working with the Utah Mitigation Commission to create a bird sanctuary on the shoreline of Great Salt Lake in extreme northwestern Salt Lake County. Today the South Shore Preserve (Audubon Gillmor Sanctuary and Mitigation Commission Properties) consists of about 3000 acres of land and 3000 acre feet of water. The Preserve is an end-user of Jordan River Basin water before it enters directly into the adjacent Gilbert Bay on Great Salt Lake. Annually, Great Salt Lake hosts millions of birds that nest or migrate through the large complex of diverse wetlands. It is one of the largest concentrations of birds on the planet. National Audubon Society’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Management of the wetlands adjacent to Great Salt Lake has historically focused primarily on waterfowl in permanent fresh water impoundments. Existing literature on managing wetlands for shorebirds clearly illustrates a deficit of knowledge with most articles stressing the need for a careful experimental approach. Added to the complexity for managing the shallowly flooded saline wetlands of the Preserve is the lack of knowledge of the critical role that salt plays in development of these diverse wetlands. The focus of the Preserve habitat enhancement is on these shallow ephemeral saline mudflats and the shorebirds that use them. To create this shorebird habitat, fresh water from the Jordan River is introduced into a series of ten water management units ranging from 14-330 acres of salt mudflats situated in a large, dry, intact, relict delta created by the prehistoric Jordan River. The Preserve is being managed through a science-based approach that is adaptive and cutting edge, promoting through field experimentation, an understanding of creating and maintaining a healthy and diverse mosaic of habitats that are consistent with the dynamic and changing nature of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. Located in the narrow strip of land along the western flank of the Wasatch Mountains, the most populous area in Utah, many wetlands have been and continue to be lost and affected by an exploding human population growth and the resulting development. Audubon is concerned about issues and threats to the health of the wetlands such as climate change, water quantity, quality and timing.

Speakers
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Heidi Hoven

Assistant Gillmor Sanctuary Manager, National Audubon Society
Heidi Hoven is a wetland ecologist and plant scientist who has conducted research and monitoring programs in wetlands of Great Salt Lake for the last 18 years. She consulted for large wetland restoration planning and monitoring projects with KUCC/Rio Tinto, UDOT, DWQ and Salt Lake... Read More →
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Ella Sorensen

Manager NAS Gillmor Sanctuary, National Audubon Society
Ella Sorensen has worked for decades for National Audubon Society to piece together land and water to create the South Shore Preserve a bird sanctuary located on the shoreline of Great Salt Lake. She and Heidi Hoven PhD, currently manage the area with a focus on research for shorebirds... Read More →



2:50pm

What Can We Restore on the River?
What Can We Restore on the River?

Over the past three decades, many ambitious restoration and enhancement projects have been completed along the Jordan River Corridor. This presentation will provide a broad-scale overview of many of the projects that have been completed, some that are underway, and some that are planned for the future. The main topics will center on what it takes to create and maintain a successful restoration project in this highly altered urban river system. After a broad discussion of the entire corridor, the presentation will then shift focus to a few example projects including the West Jordan Big Bend, Riverton Ponds, Lower Jordan River, and others. We will lay out a strategy for success which includes a base of building community support for stewardship through place-based learning opportunities, integration of primary education curriculum, and collaborative planning. Developing this strong support network, we can build the momentum for improving the river and riparian ecosystems and help folks upstream to understand their place in the watershed and how important their participation is in sustaining the long-term health of the Jordan River.

Link to Presentation (Prezi)

Speakers
avatar for Eric McCulley

Eric McCulley

Watershed Scientist, RiverRestoration
Eric McCulley has managed restoration and recreation enhancement projects on streams, rivers and wetlands across the Intermountain West for more than 15 years. His expertise is in the design and implementation of river and riparian projects that balance the needs of communities and... Read More →
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Soren Simonsen

Executive Director, Jordan River Commission
Soren Simonsen is the Executive Director of the Jordan River Commission. He is an urban planner, architect, educator, community-builder and social entrepreneur. Over the past three decades, including 18 years of public service as an elected and appointed official, he has worked to... Read More →