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 • 11:00am - 11:25am
An Integrated Water Resource Management Model for the Great Salt Lake Watershed – Part 2

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An Integrated Water Resource Management Model for the Great Salt Lake Watershed – Part 2
Is Great Salt Lake drying up? How might forecasted population and economic growth in Northern Utah change water levels in the lake? How might an extended drought affect the lake? What does that mean to Great Salt Lake’s natural resources, the economic and ecological benefits that are derived from them, and the people who live near its shores? These are all questions the State of Utah has been grappling with that this project hopes to help begin to answer.

A recurring challenge for State regulatory and resource agencies is defining and understanding how variable precipitation and water management in Great Salt Lake’s watershed can influence the lake’s water levels and salinity and subsequently the resources the lake supports. State agencies have not had an effective tool at their disposal that integrates available information to better understand these issues and support sustainable management of Great Salt Lake resources – until now.

At last year’s Symposium, we discussed the need and objectives for an integrated water resources management model. Since then, the project team has been hard at work developing the model and is nearing completion. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the model objectives but will focus upon how the model was developed and will be used. The model should be ready for use by early 2017.

This model will allow State agencies to understand the lake’s drivers of change, understand the potential changes and risks Great Salt Lake and its resources may encounter, incorporate these findings into planning efforts, and sustainably manage the lake’s economic and ecological resources

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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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Jeff DenBleyker

Project Manager, CH2M
Jeff has been a project manager and water resources engineer at CH2M in Salt Lake City since 1996. Jeff’s focus is helping form solutions that integrate science with the people and uses that are affected. Jeff led the State’s effort to develop site-specific numeric criteria for... Read More →

Laura Vernon

Land Use Planner, DNR: Forestry, Fire and State Lands
Ms. Vernon, Land Use Planner and the Forest Legacy Coordinator for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands. Over the last 15 years, Laura Burch Vernon has worked with federal, state, and local governments and industry leaders on contemporary planning and environmental policy... Read More →

Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:25am MST
Gallery 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City UT 84119