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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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Ella Sorensen

National Audubon Society
Manager NAS Gillmor Sanctuary
West Valley City, UT
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 and saline mudflat habitat. She chaired the Rare Bird Committee for Utah Ornithological Society for ten years and taught bird identification and ecology classes at the Utah Museum of Natural History. She has worked extensively as a consultant on birds and wetlands of Great Salt Lake including TNC, Salt Lake City, LDS church, UDOT, UDWR. She has long been interested in furthering the scientific knowledge of the natural world. She co-authored with Dr. William H. Behle, “Utah Birds a Revised Checklist”, published by the Utah Museum of Natural History, and “Seductive Beauty of Great Salt Lake” with John George. For fifteen years she wrote a monthly feature on birds for the Salt Lake Tribune and has published in national magazines, including Bird Watchers Digest, Audubon, Birding, and Winging It, and numerous articles in local magazines and newsletters.