Watershed Modeling and Collaborative Scenario Development
In fall 2015, the Civil Engineering Department, in partnership with the CEPD, received a $1.25 million EPA award to investigate—and predict—the impact of nonlinear climate variations (such as drought and other extreme weather events) on eutrophication and ecosystem processes, and to evaluate adaptation measures in urban and urbanizing watersheds. The team will be investigating water demands throughout the Jordan Valley Watershed—a region whose rapid growth is likely to affect both water quality and demanded quantities. The CEPD team will be working with the local planning community and stakeholders to develop urban growth scenarios for the Jordan River watershed, which will be tested in a dynamic model. See NPR Utah’s story on the project at: http://goo.gl/vJidEh.