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Welcome to the Intermountain Section AWWA’s 2019 Annual Conference
Wednesday, October 9 • 9:30am - 11:00am
OPENING GENERAL SESSION The Watershed Restoration Initiative: A Partnership-based Program To Improve High Priority Watersheds

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Mike Styler has been described as a soft-spoken farmer, diplomat and executive, but as the recently retired, longest-serving Executive Director for the Utah Department of Natural Resources Mike has had his share of conflicts and battles. Under Styler’s leadership, DNR launched the Watershed Restoration Initiative, a statewide effort to improve ecosystem health and biological diversity, water quality and yield, as well as sustainable uses of Utah watersheds. To date, nearly 2,000 projects and 1.6 million acres of land have been restored. Mike will tell us about this bottom-up initiative where project planning, review, and ranking occur at a local level to restore damaged watersheds, improve water quality and yield, reduce catastrophic wildfires, restore watershed functions following wildfire, and increase habitat for wildlife populations and forage for sustainable agriculture.

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Mike Styler

Retired, Past Director Utah Department of Natural Resources
Mike Styler recently retired as executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources after more than 14 years at the helm of an agency with 1,300-plus employees and seven divisions that include wildlife, water rights, state parks, forestry and fire, oil, gas and mining... Read More →


Wednesday October 9, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
Opera House

Attendees (49)