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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 • 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Surface Temperature of Alpine Lakes of Wasatch and Uinta

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Surface Temperature of Alpine Lakes of Wasatch and Uinta

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) could severely impact the water quality and ecosystems of freshwater lakes. Using remote sensing and field samples, we are monitoring the water quality of alpine lakes in Uinta and Wasatch.

Full Abstract
Alpine lakes (lakes located at elevations above 3000 meters) are some of the less studied ecosystems in the world. This is partially related to their location and accessibility. Therefore, the common perception is that they must be pristine (healthy) ecosystems. Recent events, however, have changed this view. Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) which are toxic to both lake inhabitants and humans have been reported from a handful of alpine lakes. While climate change and urban/agricultural development have been accounted responsible for HAB events in lower elevation lakes, the origin of HAB events in alpine lakes remains unclear. During the summer of 2018, we established multiple pilot sites at various alpine lakes in Ashley National Forest and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. We collected biweekly and monthly biological and physical samples from these lakes and deployed sensors for yearlong continuous measurements of water quality parameters. The long-term goal of this multiyear project is to determine the role of climate change in recent increase in frequency of HABs in alpine lakes.

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Foad Yousef

Assistant Professor, Westminster College
I love lakes, their inhabitants, and the physical and chemical interactions in them. The book by Marten Scheffer, Ecology of Shallow Lakes, got me very interested in pursuing further education in the field of limnology and lake ecology. I also have a keen interest in satellite imagery... Read More →

Wednesday November 14, 2018 1:40pm - 2:10pm MST
Lower Level - Ballroom C Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City, UT 84119