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Tuesday, November 15 • 3:05pm - 3:30pm
Diverse Perspectives on Water from the Salt Lake Watershed

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Diverse Perspectives on Water from the Salt Lake Watershed
Utah is experiencing rapid growth and socio-economic change. When you couple this growth with the fact that Utah is the second driest state in the nation, it is clear that there are a number of critical water resource challenges facing the state. As Utah’s major metropolitan area, the Salt Lake Watershed faces these salient water challenges, and better understanding of diverse perspectives on water issues is integral to effective water governance in coming years. This presentation draws on findings from multiple research efforts conducted by the iUTAH water project to ascertain the level of alignment among water related perspectives across different communities, groups, and vantage points. The iUTAH (innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability) Project is a federally funded effort designed to build capacity to understand Utah’s mountain-metro water system and provide key information to decision makers.

iUTAH social science research prioritizes the assessment of diverse perspectives on water. Interviews conducted with both professional and public stakeholders illuminate an array of water attitudes and experiences. While there is some common ground, this assessment highlights disconnections that may make setting and implementing local water priorities challenging. A more scientific-oriented discourse was found among professionals who portrayed more complex understanding of water systems. The more abstract discussions of water among public stakeholders who drew upon more personal experiences and observations reveal that public priorities do not always align with the same level of specificity as those articulated by local leaders and resource managers. These findings on how various stakeholders articulate water related issues are key to understanding collaborative potential within and across the Salt Lake Watershed. Concerns about water supply and infrastructure in light of growing populations and climate change, varying local experiences with water quality incidents and flooding hazards, and maintaining highly-valued water recreation opportunities are all part of water-related discourse across the Salt Lake Watershed.

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Kent Dean

Graduate Student, Utah State University
My name is Kent Taylor Dean and I grew up in Riverton, Utah. I am attending graduate school at Utah State University in the Sociology department. I love the outdoors and try and spend as much time as I can camping and traveling.

Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:05pm - 3:30pm MST
Room 104/105 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City UT 84119