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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.

Powerpoints and audio recordings are available!  Click on a session and scroll down to the attached files.
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Foad Yousef

Westminster College
Assistant Professor
Salt Lake City, UT
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 and geography. I can spend hours looking at a Landsat imagery printed on the library wall. Satellite imagery provides tremendous amount of information that are spatially and temporally large, hence helps revealing dynamics, trajectories, and trends of many environmentally important parameters.

I'm interested in dynamics of freshwater lower food-web (phytoplankton and zooplankton population dynamic and production). These dynamics are subject to many environmental and biological (e.g. mining, climate change, invasive species etc.) alterations. For instance, I used SeaWiFS satellite imagery to study the effects of invasive mussels on Lake Michigan primary production and food-web dynamics. In a different study, I used a suite of 3 different remote sensing sensors (LiDAR, MSS, and aerial photos) to follow the coastal dynamic of Lake Superior and impacts of mining wastes on a local fish spawning reef. In a much finer scale, I have made considerable effort to use satellite imagery (Landsat 5 and Landsat 7) to study the dispersal vectors and factors of another invasive species, spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus), in mid-west (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan) region inland lakes.