Wednesday May 7 Schedule


Reckoning with a Simply Complex Ecosystem

WHEREAS Great Salt Lake is a diverse and complex ecosystem, aspects of which are not fully realized or understood

7:15 – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – Welcome

8:10 – KEYNOTE: A Description of the Eared Grebe and Bald Eagle mortality event in Utah during the winter of 2013-14 Barbara Bodenstein, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center & Leslie McFarlane, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

9:15 – Incidents, Accidents and Ecology – How use and management issues on the Great Salt Lake help us understand how this “simple” system works Chris Cline, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

9:40 – Great Salt Lake: A novel piece in the mosaic of the Western North America Mercury Synthesis Mark Marvin-DiPasquale, U. S. Geological Survey

10:05 – BREAK

10:30 – Tickled Pink: The biology of the North Arm Bonnie Baxter, Great Salt Lake Institute/Westminster College

10:55 – The Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Harvest: How Mother Nature imposes her will and always wins in the end Don Leonard, Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc.

11:20 – Development of Water Quality Standards for Willard Spur, Great Salt Lake, Utah Jeff Dembleyker, CH2MHill


1:00 – Minerals from the Brine: The diverse resources of Great Salt Lake, Andrew Rupke, Utah Geological Survey

1:25 – Jordan River Watershed-Farmington Bay Water Budget Model: A tool for integrated water resources management Steve Burian, University of Utah

1:50 – A Numerical Model of Circulation in the Great Salt Lake, Utah Paul Jewell, University of Utah


2:40 – Panel Discussion on the Proposed Bridge Construction on the Union Pacific Railroad Causeway as Mitigation for Closing the East and West Culverts.
Moderator – Eric McCulley, Intermountain Aquatics

Panelists include:

  • Dan Harbeke and Mark McCune, Union Pacific Railroad – The Proposed Project and Update of Past and Current Permitting Activities to Date
  • Kathleen Anderson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Jurisdictional Responsibility of the ACOE on this Project
  • Bill Damery – How Those Actively Involved in the Great Salt Lake Can Participate in the 401 Water Quality Certification Process
  • Laura Ault – Sovereign Land, the Public Trust, Great Salt Lake and the UPRR Easement Application
  • Leland Myers, GSL Advisory Council –Protecting the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Balance

4:05– The Evolution of Great Salt Lake Minerals’ Pond Expansion Permit Request, Joe Havasi, Compass Minerals International

4:30 – Legacy of Mine Waste, Long Term Management Doug Bacon, Utah Division of Environmental Response & Remediation