2018 Environmental Ethics Symposium

This is a picture of Utah Lake with the mountains in the background bearing the inscription, "The Ethics os Utah Lake Conservation."

Twenty-Ninth Annual David R. Keller

Environmental Ethics Symposium

The Ethics of Utah Lake Conservation


Thursday, March 8th, 2018

UVU Classroom Building, Room 511

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

As the largest freshwater lake wholly in the state, Utah Lake should serve as a major recreational resource.  The lake holds great potential for swimming, sailing, fishing, and other outdoor pursuits. The popularity of the lake for these uses, however, is limited by a host of environmental concerns, including pollution and invasive species. This conference will explore these environmental challenges of Utah Lake, and how those challenges limit the lake’s full potential as a resource and as an ecosystem.


Keynote Address

"The SS Sho-Boat Queen of Utah Lake"

10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

D. Robert Carter, Utah Historian and Author

D. Robert Carter has been documenting the history of Provo since his retirement from teaching in the Alpine School District and is a former columnist in history for the Daily Herald. His recent publications include Conflict and Change: Provo, Utah 1857-1859, From Fort to Village: Provo, Utah 1850-1854, and Founding Fort Utah: Provo’s Native Inhabitants, Early Explorers, and First Year of Settlements.


"Contamination of Utah Lake: The Science and the Perception"

11:30 - 12:45 p.m.

Weihong Wang, Assistant Professor of Geography, Utah Valley University

Dr. Weihong Wang has conducted numerous scientific studies in the local Utah area, with projects ranging from the monitoring of trace metals in Utah Lake to investigating the impact of the Gold King Mine Spill of 2015. Dr. Wang’s research at Utah Valley University includes Carbon Dynamics in Wetland Ecosystems, Climate Change, and Sustainability, and her scholastic projects include “Assessing Geothermal Potential in Utah (USA) and its Impact on the Economy and Environment Using GIS Mapping.”

Eddy Cadet, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Utah Valley University

Dr. Cadet specializes in teaching Introduction to Environmental Health, Occupational Worker Safety, Hazardous Materials and Emergency Response, Hazardous Materials Regulations, Environmental Toxicology, Resource Conservation and Recovery, Site Investigation, Landuse Planning, Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Management. He is the author of "Water Related Planning Efforts in the Utah Lake Basin" and has presented on a range of environmental regions including Haiti, east Asia, and the Great Basin.

UVU Students

Serena Smith, Geology

Trevor Crandall, Business (minor in Biology)

Cori Butler, Biology


"Pelicans in the Desert"

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Jaimi Butler, Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College.

Jaimi Butler has over a decade of experience focused on the Great Salt Lake, from brine shrimp harvesting to working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Project. Her current work involves assisting in a variety of faculty research projects, and co-authored Worth Your Salt: Halophiles in Education.

Ashley Kijowski, Wildlife Biologist for the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Ashley Kijowski is a Wildlife Biologist at the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program (GSLEP) within the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). Here she develops research questions, prepares study design and conducts research in regards to the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. The focus of GSLEP is on managing the commercial brine shrimp fishery to ensure parity among harvesters and control the harvest to make certain the ecosystem needs are met. Before moving to GSLEP in 2013, she worked a variety of jobs throughout northern Wisconsin and Illinois with a focus on wetland creation, restoration and monitoring.  


Local Perspectives Panel

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Carl Moore, chairman of Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue and Organizing Support (PANDOS)

Carl Moore is the Chairperson of PANDOS as well as SLC Air Protectors, both Native led non-profits engaged in human rights and environmental rights. Carl's father is Hopi and his mother is English, Irish, German, Mexican and Chemehuevi (Chi-mi-way-vee). He is a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes in AZ. Carl majored in Political Science and minored in American Indian Studies at Utah Valley University.

Eddy Cadet, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Utah Valley University

Jaimi Butler, coordinator of the Great Salt Lake Institute