Thursday May 8 Schedule


Fabled History, Singular Beauty, Symbolizes Community

And WHEREAS Great Salt Lake’s natural beauty has drawn thousands to interpret its elements through the arts and humanities

7:15 – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – Welcome

8:10 – KEYNOTE: Restoring Greatness to a Salt Lake Jared Farmer, State University of New York at Stony Brook

8:50 – Elemental Ways of Seeing: The Art of Great Salt Lake Hikmet Loe, Westminster College

9:15 – Saline Stories: An Oral history of Great Salt Lake Greg Smoak, American West Center, University of Utah

9:40 – Remembering Great Salt Lake: The Monstrous history of our living sea in the desert Will Bagley, Independent historian and writer


10:30 – Lake Lines, An Eco-poetic inquiry of language as element Holly Simonsen, Westminster College

10:55 – The Fremont Culture during the Medieval Climatic Anomaly – Another time of “Climate Change” Steve Simms, Utah State University

11:20 – Late Pleistocene and Holocene lakes and wetlands in the Sevier Desert, Utah Jack Oviatt, Kansas State University

11:45 – 2014 Doyle Stephens Scholarship Award Presentation to Christine Rohal


And WHEREAS President Brigham Young visited and swam in Great Salt Lake three days after he arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847

1:00 – The Great Salt Lake – Utah’s Largest Precipitation Gauge – Prospects In The Light of Climate Change Robert Gillies, Utah State University

1:25 – Sevier Lake – A Lake or a Dust Bowl?  Joel Karmazyn, Utah Division of Air Quality

1:50 – Sources and Control of Anthropogenic Mercury Marty Gray, Utah Division of Water Quality

2:15  – The Birds and the Bees – The Impacts of air pollution on nature Joro Walker, Western Resource Advocates

2:40 – Groundwater and springs and their value to the Great Salt Lake wetlands Mike Lowe, Utah Geological Survey


3:35 – Modeling the Hydrology of the Great Salt Lake: What makes Great Salt Lake go up and down? David Tarboton, Utah State University

4:00 – Strategic Management and effective control of invasive Phragmites in Great Salt Lake wetlands Chad Cranney, Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area and Christine Rohal, Utah State University graduate

4:25 – Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility – Water, Earth and Fire—Challenges and opportunities Tom Holstrom, Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility

5:00 – 6 PM POSTER SESSION + RECEPTION (E. Conference Room)

6:30 – 9:30 BANQUET at the ALTA CLUB
(100 E. S. Temple) -Keynote – Tom Wharton, Salt Lake Tribune
 (valet parking available)

2014 Friend of the Lake Award Presentation to Hikmet Sydney Loe