Webinar: Green River Basin LCD - Mapping freshwater integrity

Event Type: 
GNLCC Webinar
Date and Time: 
Oct 27, 2016 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm MDT

 

The Southern Rockies and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, Conservation Science Partners, and the Northern Arizona University Landscape Conservation Initiative are pleased to announce a webinar series as part of the Green River Basin Landscape Conservation Design (GRB LCD), an effort to coordinate and act across boundaries and jurisdictions to meet mutual goals for agreed-upon conservation targets in the sage-steppe and aquatic/riparian ecosystems of the Green River Basin.

The project analysis area extends across about 48,000 square miles and spans portions of Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. Now in its second year, the project has included an extensive stakeholder engagement process, including interviews, a needs assessment, and a workshop that took place in April of 2016. The spatial data products shared in these webinars can be useful in their own right, and will feed into a vulnerability analysis being conducted for the project, which will be addressed in a 2017 workshop.

Webinars:

  1. Mapping freshwater integrity: Oct 27, 2016 from 2-3PM MDT
  2. Sage-steppe resilience mapping: Nov 21, 2016 from 2-3PM MST
  3. Mapping riparian vegetation: Dec 19, 2016 from 2-3PM MST
     

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WEBINAR 1: MAPPING FRESHWATER INTEGRITY

Date/Time: Oct 27, 2016 from 2-3PM MDT
Presenters: Dr. Dave Theobald and Dr. Dylan Harrison-Atlas, Conservation Science Partners

Spatial data for assessing the integrity of freshwater systems in the Green River Basin was identified as an information need by GRB LCD participants. Integrity of freshwater systems is key for informing management decisions within a watershed context. In this webinar, Dr. Dave Theobald and Dr. Dylan Harrison-Atlas will discuss their process-based approach to integrate data on local and cumulative drivers of freshwater integrity including future change agents.

The mapping effort addressed current levels of human influence on freshwater integrity, such as hydrologic alteration, sedimentation, nutrient enrichment, contaminant pollution, and modification of riparian zones, and linked these influences with process domains in order to create a detailed characterization of freshwater integrity by longitudinal, lateral, and upland sources. In addition, change agents identified by GRB LCD participants as relevant to the future trajectory of freshwater systems, including future oil and gas development and climate change, were mapped. In this webinar, they will discuss their approach, and offer opportunities for questions, feedback, and discussion of the potential utility of these data in management and planning for the region.

 
Want more information?
To learn more about the GRB LCD project, where we’re at in the project, and how you can be involved, check out our website or contact Sasha Stortz at sasha.stortz@nau.edu.