Welcome to the official event schedule and directory for the 10th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium.  Congratulations to Carl Adams of DWQ. He was nominated by peers, and celebrated with peers, as the 2016 Watershed Steward of the Year!

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Wednesday, November 16 • 4:05pm - 4:30pm
Landscape Lab: Merging Science & Design for a Landscape of Learning

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Landscape Lab: Merging Science & Design for a Landscape of Learning
Many so-called sustainable solutions to the challenges of urban systems rely on across-the-board application of a set of “best practices” which are often developed elsewhere and may or may not have been rigorously tested or monitored. Such best practices are probably an improvement over the alternative conventional practices, in that they probably do less ecological damage, however we believe there is a better way to engage in landscape and urban design that tests best practices in situ, and offers the opportunity to innovate and generate knowledge, shortening the time lag between research and application. We present a landscape transformation project, the Landscape Lab, on the University of Utah research campus on Red Butte Creek, that has been developed as a collaborative design project between university research faculty and landscape architects. The goal of this merging of scientific and design processes is to create a landscape that is beautiful and engaging, ecologically revitalized, and that serves to build our pool of understanding about ecological restoration and water management in urban landscapes in our unique climate of northern Utah. We will discuss the unique challenges of this merged process, and the considerable potential it holds for changing the way we shape our built environment.

Participants will learn about some of the primary challenges and barriers to creating sustainable urban landscapes in Utah, and opportunities to overcome these by forging new partnerships between different disciplines.

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Joe Donaldson

Sr. Landscape Architect/ Environmental Planner, Ecology & Environment, Inc.
Environmental consulting in public and private sectors for projects throughout the western U.S. Projects have included planning and design for flood control, groundwater recharge, reservoirs, stream corridors, wildlife refuges, and recreation and open space areas and have involved... Read More →

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Laura Bandara

Community Planner & Landscape Designer, VODA Landscape + Planning
An award-winning landscape designer, Laura Bandara has engaged in a wide range of design and planning work from the iconic scale of Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i to the city block scale of Salt Lake's Regent Street. Emerging from a background in political science and landscape architecture... Read More →
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Brenda Bowen

Professor of Geology and Geophysics and Director of the Global Change and Sustainability Center, University of Utah
Brenda Bowen is an interdisciplinary geoscientist whose work focuses on how changing environmental conditions influence landscape evolution. In addition to geologic research and teaching, Bowen works to facilitate interdisciplinary environmental research and education that addresses... Read More →
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Sarah Hinners

Associate Professor Clinical, University of Utah
Sarah Hinners is a landscape and urban ecologist in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, and the Director of the Center for Ecological Planning and Design. Her teaching, research and practice focus on the nexus of water and natural systems in... Read More →

Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:05pm - 4:30pm MST
Gallery 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City UT 84119