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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 • 12:05pm - 12:30pm
Starts With a BBQ: Aligning Citizens with Utah Monitoring Needs

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Starts With a BBQ: Aligning Citizens with Utah Monitoring Needs
More than 20 of our most dedicated Utah Water Watch volunteers gathered this summer to share the story of why they monitor at the first annual volunteer get-together in Salt Lake City.

Now in its fifth year, Utah Water Watch -- Utah’s citizen water quality monitoring network – is expanding and adapting its programs, providing volunteers with moer advanced monitoring opportunities. We are finding new ways to support our existing network of over 100 volunteers while addressing Utah’s unique monitoring needs. In this session, we will show how our volunteers are working with watershed partners and scientists to improve the water quality and safety of Utah's rivers, lakes and streams. We have learned that volunteers want to know how their data is used, so forming these connections between volunteers and scientists is critical to the success of our program.

We will be discussing how improvements to the Tier 2 volunteer network and coordination with watershed partners can advance statewide water quality goals. Partners benefit from an extra hand in the field and volunteers learn about local water quality issues while assisting with implementation and monitoring of restoration projects.

We will also address our plan to expand lake monitoring, especially for harmful algal blooms and E. coli, to help keep Utah’s waters and swimming beaches safe. Volunteers monitor many of the swimming beaches and lakes in many rural areas that are often beyond the reach of state and local agencies. Utah Water Watch is working closely with the Utah Lakes and Reservoirs program as well as partners such as the State Parks in developing our protocol and network.

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Ellen Bailey

Program Coordinator, USU Water Quality Extension
Ellen Bailey is program coordinator for USU Water Quality Extension, providing outreach and engaging teachers, students and citizens to become stewards of their water. She received a Biology Degree from University of Dayton and MS in Soil and Water Science from University of Florida. While collecting biological and water quality data in Florida for nine years was an excellent experience, she enjoys working in Utah to protect our water resources.

Eli Robinson

AmericCorps Intern, USU Water Quality Extension
Eli Robinson is an AmeriCorps Intern with USU Water Quality Extension. He assists with program coordination of Utah Water Watch and education programs and enjoys working to move the program in new directions. He received a Biology Degree from Whitman College in Washington.

Tuesday November 15, 2016 12:05pm - 12:30pm
2_Utah Cultural Celebration Center: GALLERY 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City UT 84119

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