Why We Need Mountain Accord Progress Report Update: Environmental Dashboard

Update: Environmental Dashboard

As Mountain Accord came together stakeholders developed the concept of an Environmental Dashboard. The Dashboard is a tool for decision makers to track the Central Wasatch’s environmental health and evaluate impacts in future planning discussions. We are creating a tool that to ensure that the health of the Central Wasatch’s natural landscape is fully considered now and far into the future.

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What is the Environmental Dashboard?

The Dashboard is a tool for decision makers to track the Central Wasatch’s environmental health and evaluate impacts in future planning discussions.

It is the intention of the Mountain Accord that the Dashboard is a legacy project and will be updated on a regular basis. It is scientifically based, data rich, and technically credible.

The Dashboard compiles data currently collected throughout the Central Wasatch Mountains designed to provide a picture of the complete health of the mountain range, as well as a mechanism for measuring the health moving forward. The Dashboard will include an online connection for people interested in tracking the progress of the key indicators.

Who’s Creating the Dashboard?

Steering Committee- Guide the direction of the Dashboard and collaborates with the Dashboard project managers and consulting team to ensure the Mountain Accord community is represented and the guiding principles of Mountain Accord are met.

Technical Committee-This scientific community brainstorms with the consulting team to identify the key indicators to determine the health of the Central Wasatch, sets science-based thresholds for these indicators, and assists the team to access data.

When will it be complete?

The Dashboard development will be done multiple phases.

Step I – Written Report (Spring 2016-Fall 2017):

  1. Dashboard Framework-With the help of the Technical Committee, and building on the work of the Mountain Accord Environmental System Group, develop a framework of environmental goals, targets, and thresholds.
  2. Create Data Information System -A GIS database of the Mountain Accord Project Area
  3. Compile Existing Data; Assess Current Conditions & Gap Analysis-Work with Mountain Accord Technical Committee to compile existing data and based on the framework, assess current conditions and the departure from desired conditions.
  4. Written Dashboard Report-The Dashboard report discusses current conditions, highlights areas that are functioning in good or very good condition and those that are at risk.

Step II –Online Public Dashboard (2017-2018):

  1. Translate Written Report- Step II translates the Dashboard written report into an online publicly accessible tool. This tool is to be both a spatial and graphical dashboard. This is a legacy project and will be updated regularly.
  2. Soft-Launch -During the development of Step I, select data will be included on the Salt Lake County MetroStat online dashboard as a “Soft-Launch” to the final Mountain Accord Environmental Dashboard.

What is the Vision and what are the Goals for the Environmental System?

The first phase of Mountain Accord identified a vision and associated goals for an ideal Environmental System , as follows.

Vision—In  an ideal world, the Central Wasatch is a natural ecosystem that is conserved, protected, and restored such that it is healthy, functional and resilient for current and future generations.

Goals:

  • Protect, maintain and improve watershed health, water supply, and water quality.
  • Protect and improve air quality for protection of public health, environmental health, and scenic visibility.
  • Protect and restore functioning and connected aquatic and terrestrial habitats and ecosystems.
  • Mitigate the severity of climate change and develop adaptive capacity to reduce vulnerabilities to local climate change impacts.

Mountain Accord Environmental Dashboard Committee Members

Project Managers

Marian Rice, Salt Lake City

Joan Joan DeGiorgio, The Nature Conservancy

Carly Castle, Salt Lake City

Steering Committee

Marian Rice, Project manager, Salt  Lake City

Carly Castle, Executive, Salt Lake City

Kirk Nichols, Big Cottonwood Community Council

Joan DeGiorgio, Northern Mountains Regional Director, The Nature Conservancy

Maura Olivos, Sustainability Coordinator, Alta Ski Area

James Ehleringer, Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Utah-Department of Biology

Laura McIndoe Briefer, Director, Salt Lake City Public Utilities

Rebecca Hotze, District Ranger, United States Forest Service

Patrick A. Shea, Research Professor and Private Attorney, University of Utah-Department of Biology

Jon Thelen, Data and Analytics Manager, Salt Lake County Information Services

Rich Bullough, Health Officer, Summit County

Jesse Stewart, Deputy Director, Salt Lake City Public Utilities

Luke Cartin, Environmental Sustainability Manager. Park City

Technical Committee – Organizations providing technical expertise

Brigham Young University

Friends of Alta

Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Park City

Park City Public Utilities

River Restoration Consulting

J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Utah State University

Salt Lake City Public Utilities

Salt Lake County Information Services

Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration Program

Salt Lake County-Weeds Program

Snowbird Service District 3

Summit County

Summit Land Conservancy

SWCA Consulting

Tracy Aviary

United States Forest Service

University of Utah

University of Utah Biology Department

University of Utah Geology Department

University of Utah-Department of Parks and Recreation

Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

Utah Division of Water Quality

Utah Division of Water Resources

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Utah Geological Survey

Utah State University Biology Department

Western Waters Assessment

WP Natural Resource Consulting, LLC

Consultants

Brendle, Primary Consultant

University of Utah DIGIT Lab, Sub-Consultant

Wild Utah Project, Sub-Consultant

Colorado State University Natural Heritage Program, Sub-Consultant