Event Title

The efficiency-ecosystem tradeoff: Constructing a database of water infrastructure changes in Utah

Presenter Information

Andrea Armstrong

Location

ECC 201/203 & 205/207

Event Website

http://water.usu.edu

Start Date

4-9-2013 4:35 PM

End Date

4-9-2013 4:45 PM

Description

With increasing water demands and a changing climate, calls for improved water efficiency are ever-present. However, inefficient infrastructure supports, through seepage or return flows, many “natural” aquatic and semi-aquatic ecosystems in the Intermountain West. We put forth the hypothesis that, as infrastructure becomes more efficient, ecosystem services provided by “inefficient” waters will likely change or disappear. Our poster presents the efficiency-ecosystem tradeoff and our effort to document patterns of water infrastructure change in the state of Utah. We outline the goals of the database, potential research questions, and areas in which interdisciplinary collaborations may emerge.

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Apr 9th, 4:35 PM Apr 9th, 4:45 PM

The efficiency-ecosystem tradeoff: Constructing a database of water infrastructure changes in Utah

ECC 201/203 & 205/207

With increasing water demands and a changing climate, calls for improved water efficiency are ever-present. However, inefficient infrastructure supports, through seepage or return flows, many “natural” aquatic and semi-aquatic ecosystems in the Intermountain West. We put forth the hypothesis that, as infrastructure becomes more efficient, ecosystem services provided by “inefficient” waters will likely change or disappear. Our poster presents the efficiency-ecosystem tradeoff and our effort to document patterns of water infrastructure change in the state of Utah. We outline the goals of the database, potential research questions, and areas in which interdisciplinary collaborations may emerge.

https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/runoff/2013/AllPosters/16