Water Quality in the 21st Century

Date:  Sunday, October 27, 2013
Speaker:  Carl Adams

Carl Adams has worked for the State of Utah’s Division of Water Quality for the last 14 years, first in directing water quality restoration efforts throughout the Uinta Basin and Colorado River watershed and more recently as manager of the Watershed Protection Section. During this time Carl has had the pleasure of working with a diverse group of resource professionals, elected officials and stakeholders towards protecting and improving water quality in Utah’s streams, lakes and reservoirs.

“This presentation will provide an overview of the changes in water quality science, policy and practices over the last 40 years. Water quality issues and concerns have significantly changed since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. The focus on controlling point sources of pollution has shifted to more dispersed and prevalent non-point sources. New concerns have arisen with the advent of better analytical techniques and a deeper understanding of aquatic ecosystems. As the scientific and engineering tools have improved over time, population growth and development pressures have increased, while federal funding has greatly declined. These divergent trends are resulting in local communities being asked to assume greater responsibility for protecting and managing this vital resource through local governmental agencies, watershed groups, and volunteer organizations.”

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Mountain Urbanism / Mountain Modernism

Date:  Sunday October 13, 2013
Speaker:  Nan Ellin

Nan Ellin is Professor and Chair of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah where she leads the Salt Lake City Workshop, a seeding ground for placemaking and community-building initiatives. Ellin’s new book Good Urbanism describes a paradigm shift in urban design and planning moving beyond sustainability to prosperity. She is also the author of Integral Urbanism, Postmodern Urbanism, Phoenix: 21st-Century City, and the editor of Architecture of Fear. Her collection of public scholarship, Desert Urbanism, can be found at her university website. With Mayor Becker, Ellin has co-hosted the annual Mayor’s Symposium, now in its 4th year.

“How can we build in harmony with the mountain landscape of the Wasatch Front to distinguish it and elevate life quality for all? In this presentation, Nan Ellin will describe a new initiative at the University of Utah to develop an urban and architectural language that will inform building practices now and into the future. Please join this conversation about how we can honor the Salt Lake City region by drawing inspiration from natural landscapes, vernacular building traditions, and urban and cultural traditions, while also fueling creativity and providing optimal settings for realizing our individual and collective aspirations.”

Speaker Suggested References and Resources:
slcworkshop.com (Salt Lake City Workshop, University of Utah
canalscape.org (Canalscape for Metro Phoenix)
Good Urbanism: Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places. Island Press, 2011
Integral Urbanism. NY: Routledge, 2006
Postmodern Urbanism, Revised and Updated. NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999
Architecture of Fear. Editor. NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 1997.