The Utah Division of Water Quality will be holding meetings this spring to work on the development of water quality standards for Great Salt Lake wetlands. We will be conducting two Conservation Action Planning (CAP) workshops to get input from local experts on the important ecological attributes of Utah’s wetlands, threats to those wetlands, and potential conservation strategies. Ultimately we hope to take the knowledge gathered in these meetings and build them into an appropriate beneficial use and narrative water quality standard to protect the wetlands around Great Salt Lake. We will be holding two-day meetings during March and May 2018.
Upcoming Meeting: The 2nd Wetland CAP meeting will be on May 23rd-24th, beginning at 9:00 am, at the Department of Environmental Quality building (195 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City).
The 1st Great Salt Lake CAP meeting was held on March 22nd and 23rd, 2018. The results of that meeting are summarized in this report: Great Salt Lake Wetland Conservation Action Planning Meeting #1 Summary
Conservation Action Planning
Conservation Action Planning (CAP) is straightforward and proven approach for planning, implementing and measuring success for large landscapes or other conservation projects. CAP is science-based, strategic and collaborative, and has been applied at over 1,000 conservation projects, including the Bear River. The process has been developed by The Nature Conservancy and is conducted by professional facilitators. Meeting outcomes include the definition of:
- Key Ecological Attributes
- Indicators and Ratings
- Stresses and Sources
- Conservation Strategies
More on how CAP works
- Conservation Action Planning Explanation (2018)
- Landscape-Scale Conservation Practitioners Handbook (2003)
- Are We Conserving What We Say We Are (Bioscience 2003)
Great Salt Lake CAP Processes
CAP has been used previously around Great Salt Lake to develop a lake-wide health assessment, initial description of Great Salt Lake wetland attributes, and to tackle conservation of Willard Spur.
- GSL Health Assessment (2012) | Full Report (2012)
- GSL Wetland CAP (2015)
- Willard Spur Water Quality Standards Workshop (2018)
For more information, contact:
Utah Division of Water Quality
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114