Watershed Planning and Restoration Program
Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium
November 18-19, 2015
"The Ever-changing Climate of Watershed Management"
This was a good year for the Watershed Symposium, with an excellent program, record attendance and great reviews from attendees!
What it was all about
Free and open to all, the goal of the Symposium is to encourage a comprehensive review of the current state of our watershed while creating learning and networking opportunities for a broad array of stakeholders.
As always, speakers and sessions covered a wide range of watershed issues from general interest to technical. The theme of climate change was incorporated in many of the presentations this year, including keynotes by Dan McCool and Pat Shea, as well as an excellent panel discussion on the management of watersheds in times of climate change.
And, we tried a couple of new things this year, including shorter sessions and peer-voted “Best Of” awards. The shorter "power" sessions allowed us to offer more talks in two concurrent breakouts, and really kept the momentum up.
We're always looking for ways to improve the Symposium, and we take comments and critiques seriously. We had a great response to our follow-up survey, with 38% of attendees taking the online survey! In a nutshell, we received excellent ratings with lots of positive feedback and great suggestions for improvement.
Some of our favorite comments:
“It gets better every year. There is no other event in Utah that provides such a learning opportunity.”
“The keynotes were engaging and thought-provoking. Embracing a bit of controversy should absolutely be part of the symposium…”
“It was a great mix of political aspects as well as current scientific research on extremely important issues of water quality and quantity.”
"There is so much research, studying and collaborating that I wasn’t aware of.”
"I loved the shorter sessions!"
Keynote-The Solutions to Utah's Water Problems: The Four Water Freedoms
Dan McCool, University of Utah
Keynote-Jurisdictional Jealousies: Why We Can't Get Anything Done
Pat Shea, University of Utah
Panel Discussion: Managing Watersheds In Times Of Climate Uncertainty
Laura Briefer, Salt Lake City Public Utilities
Bob Bonar, Snowbird Resort
Robert Davies, Utah Climate Center
Joan Degiorgio, The Nature Conservancy
Dan McCool, University of Utah
W. Paul Miller, NOAA - Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
A Survey Of Water Feats And Follies Across The American West
Gordon Rowe, Utah Rivers Council
Are Utah's Landscapes Worth The Water?
Larry Rupp, Utah State University
Assessing And Managing Farmington Bay Impounded Wetlands
Theron Miller, Jordan River/Farmington Bay Water Quality Council
Detecting Harmful Algal Blooms: A Different Shade of Green
Ben Holcomb, State of Utah
Don't Drink The Water? Testing Water Quality For Science And Outreach
Maura Hahnenberger, Salt Lake Community College
Brian T. Greene, Utah State University Water Quality Extension
Fecal Contamination And Source Identification In Summit County
Lucy Parham, SWCA Environmental Consultants
Focusing On What's Important: Prioritizing and Implementing TMDLs
Carl Adams, Division of Water Quality
Go With The Flow: Using Free Play In Watershed Education
Anne Terry, Annie Young, Corinne Gentry, Marina Astin, Tracy Aviary
Gray Meets Green: Planning Multi-Purpose Water Reuse Facilities
Joe Donaldson, Ecology & Environment, Inc.
I Looked Over Jordan And What Did I See? Jordan River Comprehensive Management Plan
Laura Vernon, Utah Department of Natural Resources
Kelly Gillman, Susie Petheram, CRSA
Lock 'Em Out Or Let 'Em In? The Future Of Recreation In The Watershed
Reid Persing, SWCA Environmental Consultants
Alex Schmidt, Save Our Canyons
One Goal Many Paths: A Multidisciplined Approach To Water Conservation
Stephanie Duer, Salt Lake City
Rainwater Harvesting Strategies For Abundance
Shaun Daniel, University of Utah
Nick Schou, Utah Rivers Council
(download pdf to view videos)
Revitalizing Red Butte Creek At The University Of Utah
Robin Rothfeder, Sarah Hinners, University of Utah
Shell Shocked: Utah's Unique Native Freshwater Mollusks On The Brink
David Richards, OreoHelix Consulting
Theron Miller, Jordan River Farmington Bay Water Quality Council
(download pdf to view videos)
The Future Of Utah's Water Supply In A Warming Climate
Brian McInerney, National Weather Service
The Nature In The City Riparian Restoration Master Plan
Soren Simonsen, Community Studio and Impact Hub Salt Lake
Ray Wheeler, Earth Restoration Network
The Power Of Information In Water Conservation
Todd Marti, Matt Olsen, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District
Uncertainty In Future Water Quality And Quantity In The Jordan River
Ramesh Goel, Steve Burian, Mike Barber, Sarah Hinners, University of Utah
Carl Adams, Utah DWQ
Understanding The Present And Charting The Future Of Utah Lake
Hilary Arens, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Water And Nutrients In The Urban Center And Surrounding Wildlands
Samantha Weintraub, Yusef Jameel, Gabriel Bowen, University of Utah
West Jordan Big Bend Phased Restoration Plan
Eric McCulley, River Restoration
Christopher Sands, BIO-WEST, Inc.
What Is Going To Happen To Great Salt Lake?
Jeff DenBleyker, CH2M
Laura Vernon, State of Utah
See the Symposium Program for session abstracts, bios, the event schedule and more.
Symposium "Best Of" Awards
"The Wordsmith Award" for Most Creative Session Title
Winner--Shell Shocked: Utah's Unique Native Freshwater Mollusks On The Brink
RunnerUp--Gray Meets Green: Planning Multi-Purpose Water Reuse Facilities
"The Sulu Award" for Best Science
Winner--Water And Nutrients In The Urban Center and Surrounding Wildlands
RunnerUp--Uncertainty In Future Water Quality And Quantity In The Jordan River
"The Tony Award" for Most Engaging Presentation
Winner--Don't Drink The Water? Testing Water Quality For Science And Outreach
RunnerUp--Revitalizing Red Butte Creek At The University Of Utah
"The A-Team Award" for Best Group Presentation
Winner--Go With The Flow: Using Free Play In Watershed Education
RunnerUp--Panel Discussion: Managing Watersheds In Times Of Climate Uncertainty
"The Wiki Award" for Best Information Table
RunnerUp--Friends of Great Salt Lake
"The Billboard Award" for Best Poster
Winner--Understanding Nutrient Dynamics In The Jordan River
RunnerUp--Salt Lake County 2015 Integrated Watershed Plan
Thank you to EPA for their support of the 2015 Watershed Symposium and stewardship efforts in the Jordan River Watershed.