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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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Thursday, November 15 • 10:05am - 10:35am
The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl and Utah's wetlands: A Story

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The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl and Utah's wetlands: A Story
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The wetlands around Great Salt Lake have a rich history behind them. This talk goes over bits and pieces of their history and highlights their significance in the past, the present and the future.

Full Abstract
The wetlands surrounding Great Salt Lake have been heavily influenced by humans. As the pioneers began to arrive in Utah, they created aqueducts and canals to divert water to where they needed it. Agriculture was booming in Utah and all over the U.S. with little to no regard for water conservation. The result of this was the creation of the Dust Bowl, which also affected Utah. The issue became so bad that FDR created the CCC to help mitigate the damage done and also to help restore America's wildlife. This story helps to tie these events to the wetlands surrounding Great Salt Lake.

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Ashley Kijowski

Wildlife Biologist II, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Ashley Kijowski is a Wildlife Biologist at the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program within the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. In her position, she is a part of a team that manages the commercial brine shrimp fishery to ensure parity among harvesters and control the harvest to... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 10:05am - 10:35am MST
Lower Level - Ballroom A/B Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City, UT 84119