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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 • 2:25pm - 2:55pm
Beaver Dam Analogues: Implementation and Monitoring

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Beaver Dam Analogues: Implementation and Monitoring

Stream restoration using beaver dam analogues is popular because it’s affordable and effective. Yet, monitoring is often not conducted. Wild Utah Project and partners have been using the Rapid Stream-Riparian Assessment (RSRA) protocol to assess stream condition. RSRA provides a time and cost efficient means to monitor restoration projects.

Full Abstract
The environmental benefits of beaver and beaver dams are many and well documented: beaver create aquatic and riparian habitats, provide hydrological connectivity, reduce erosion, control sediments, and reduce runoff and floods. Beaver recolonization has been used as a stream restoration tool for decades. However, beaver recolonization may not be successful everywhere; some seriously degraded systems may not be able to initially sustain beaver or reintroduction of beaver may not be feasible. The concept of man-made beaver dams (“beaver dam analogues”) began as a means to support the potential colonization of beavers and/or achieve the environmental benefits of beaver dams. The utilization of beaver dam analogues for restoration has become popular because it is affordable and effective. In light of the popularity of beaver dam analogues, there has been a call for more data and monitoring on their effectiveness. Given the limited funding and resources for restoration projects, it is beneficial for monitoring programs to be appropriate scaled to the restoration effort. Since 2013, Wild Utah Project and our agency and non-profit partners have been using the Rapid Stream-Riparian Assessment (RSRA) method to efficiently assess the condition of a stream before and after beaver dam analogues are installed. RSRA utilizes qualitative and quantitative data collected in a stream to generate a score for water quality, hydrogeomorpohology, fish and aquatic habitat, riparian vegetation, and terrestrial wildlife habitat. RSRA provides a time and cost efficient means for land managers and conservationists to monitor the results of their restoration projects.


Allison Jones

Executive Director, Wild Utah Project (non-profit)
Allison currently serves as the Executive Director of Wild Utah Project. Though born and raised In California (B.A in Environmental Studies at U.C. Cruz under the guidance of her mentor and advisor, Michael Soule) she quickly left after graduation. Her path to Utah took her through... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 2:25pm - 2:55pm MST
Lower Level - Ballroom A/B Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City, UT 84119