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Welcome to the official website of the 12th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium, November 14-15, 2018!  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 annually by Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration.

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Wednesday, November 14 • 2:20pm - 2:50pm
Plants to the Rescue: Activities and Models for Stormwater Education

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Plants to the Rescue: Activities and Models for Stormwater Education

USU’s Water Quality Extension program has developed several activities and models that demonstrate the increases in impervious surfaces, as well as practices that can prevent or mitigate these impacts. Two of these will be highlighted in this presentation.

Full Abstract
As Salt Lake City and its surrounded area develops, urban stormwater runoff is of increasing concern. Increases in impervious surface areas reduce infiltration of storm runoff, resulting in deterioration of the quality of receiving waters. Changes in stream hydrology as a result of urbanization may also be significant, ranging from more frequent and severe flooding to loss of summer baseflows. USU’s Water Quality Extension program has developed several activities and models that demonstrate these impacts, as well as practices that can prevent or mitigate these impacts. Two of these will be highlighted in this presentation. Pave It or Plant It is an educational activity in which students simulate rainfall on different types of watersheds, measure the runoff, and then compare calculated hydrologic variables. The activity is easy to modify, challenges students to collect and use actual data, and provides linkages to real-world applications and settings. We will also discuss a demonstration green roof display built along a busy walkway on USU’s campus that compares the runoff from a traditional asphalt roof and a sedum-covered green roof. Scheduled “rain events” provided by sprinklers occur throughout the day. The runoff is collected in gutters and directed through tipping buckets, to demonstrate the timing, rate, and volume of runoff from these side by side treatments. We have also measured and compared runoff temperatures from these two treatments. Interpretive signs and graphs help explain the impacts of urbanization and the benefits of green roofs, even in a dry state such as Utah.

Many authors contributed to the development of these activities: McKenna Drew, John Saunders, Tim Beach, Summer Hansen, Zach Hulsey, Audree Van Valkenburg, Cole Patton, Hannah Johnson, Cade Andrus, Dr. Bo Yang, Dr. Mark Brunson and Nancy Mesner.

Speakers
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Ellen Bailey

Program Coordinator, Utah State University Water Quality Extension
Ellen Bailey has a BS in Biology from University of Dayton and an MS from University of Florida in Soil and Water Science. She worked 9 years as and Environmental Scientist for the St. Johns River Water Management District, a state agency, doing field work on lakes and wetlands in... Read More →



Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:20pm - 2:50pm
Lower Level - Ballroom A/B Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City, UT 84119

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