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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Tuesday, November 15 • 4:05pm - 4:30pm
Mirage in the Desert: Data Centers, Water Use, & Growth

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Mirage in the Desert: Data Centers, Water Use, & Growth
Data centers have a history of generating controversy in Utah, particularly in regard to the water and tax benefits that sustain them. In 2014, the Utah Legislature threatened to cut off the NSA Utah Data Center’s water supply after public records revealed the data center is using more water than its host town of Bluffdale. This year, after weeks of secrecy over its location, the proposed Facebook data center is slated for West Jordan City where it will enjoy millions of dollars in tax breaks and rely on millions of gallons of water per day.

These actions provoke a series of questions this workshop will explore including: Given drought and the high water usage of these data centers, what is the current state of water scarcity in Utah in regard to supply and usage? Do tax policies enable and/or increase their high water consumption? What impacts to our watersheds do these data centers and the practices that sustain them have? We will also examine exactly how much water these data centers use compared to other municipal and agricultural water uses.


Darin Mann

Utah Rivers Council
Darin Mann studied English Literature at the University of Utah. He garnered a love for politics and the environment reading theorists and poets like Guy Debord and Robert Frost. His commitment to changing Utah’s politics is only matched by his passion for the forests, rivers and... Read More →

Weston Wood

Conservation Associate, Utah Rivers Council
Weston Wood is currently finishing his H.B.S. in Communication Studies and Political Science at the University of Utah, and is passionate about the intersection of power and ecology in both study and practice. Weston interned with the organization in Fall of 2015 and is thrilled to... Read More →

Tuesday November 15, 2016 4:05pm - 4:30pm MST
Gallery 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City UT 84119