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2015 Watershed Symposium


"The Ever-changing Climate of Watershed Management"


2015 Poster

Speakers and sessions at the 9th Annual Watershed Symposium 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.


Survey says...

We're always looking for ways to improve the Symposium, and we take comments and critiques seriously.  View survey results

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!"


Plenary Session

Panel Discussion: Managing Watersheds In Times Of Climate Uncertainty

Moderator: - 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

climate change panel discussion  

Breakout Sessions

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

  • Winner--Tracy Aviary
  • 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

Best of Awards presentation

More Information


Thank you to EPA for their support of the 2015 Watershed Symposium and stewardship efforts in the Jordan River Watershed.