Welcome to the event schedule and directory for the 13th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium, November 20-21, 2019. Free and open to all, the Symposium encourages a comprehensive review of the current state of our watershed while creating learning and networking opportunities for a broad array of stakeholders. Sessions cover a broad range of topics on water quality and watershed issues with local, regional, and national relevance. Hosted by Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration.

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Thursday, November 21 • 9:45am - 10:15am
Jordan River Analog Remix (feat. Dojo with special guest BCT)

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Jordan River Analog Remix (feat. Dojo with special guest BCT)

The analog Jordan River is now home to more aliens than natives, including invasive fish and mollusks. We spent most of 2019 conducting ecological surveys of the Jordan River and State Canal to help evaluate their health. Although the river ecosystem still functions, its integrity is caput.

Full Abstract:
The Jordan River Ecosystem Trance (JRET) continues to amaze as it shuffles and remixes some our old favorites featuring Native players with several well-known established players and a few innovative up- and- coming game- changers heralding from all parts of the Globe. A true analog remix from the 90s that is sure to keep us on our toes and shaking our booties. We are constantly reviving our knowledge of the Jordan River’s compromised ecological integrity and have spent the good part of 2019 surveying and evaluating its health. In this version, we discuss the river’s finned assemblages from top to bottom and of course our old favorites, the mollusks and other spineless creatures. Our main focus is on the ecology of State Canal as it leaves the Jordan and co-mingles with wetland ponds along its journey but we won’t neglect sections of the Lower and Upper Jordan A few teasers to wet your appetite: more than 90% of the fishies and mollusks in the drainage are alien and are happily rearranging the rivers function in unanticipated and unpredictable ways to suite their needs; altered habitats determine who the players are and when they are scheduled to play; the new kid on the block has slipped under the radar for quite some time and is steadily making its way to its North American Nirvana, Utah Lake. Rumor has it, and if all goes well, we will reintroduce one of our all-time favorite players that we haven’t seen or heard from in a long, long time.

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David Richards

Midge whisperer, OreoHelix Ecological
Pardon me, but I am cohabiting with other creatures.

Theron Miller

Senior, senior, scientist, Wasatch Front Water Quality Council
Fellow traveler

Thursday November 21, 2019 9:45am - 10:15am MST
Lower Level - Ballroom A/B