Daniel works as a Resource Coordinator for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and assists local Conservation Districts in Summit, Utah, and Wasatch Counties. He has worked on stream restoration related projects for the past ten years, and enjoys working outdoors. 

Daniel obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with an emphasis in Biology from Utah State University. As a newlywed, he and his wife traveled to Ukraine and taught English for 6 months. Currently, Daniel and his family live in Utah County.

David is a native of the mid-west.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Management.  He moved to Utah for a year to work for the US Forest Service.  He married a local lady also working for the Forest Service.  Later, Dave and his wife moved to Texas A&M University and Dave received his Master’s Degree in Range Science.

David was a commissioned officer in the Army National Guard for a few years and earned the rank of Captain while “playing” with the Field Artillery.

David has worked for the NRCS for 24 years in Ohio, Minnesota and currently in Utah.  He and his family moved to the Provo area in early 2002.  He is currently the District Conservationist or office manager.  He and his staff are responsible for the NRCS programs in Utah, Wasatch, Tooele and Salt Lake Counties.


Available Local, State and Federal Programs Funds that support Water Quality projects on Private Lands

We will discuss how we brought partners and funds together to be successful in the Wallsburg Watershed.  We will also highlight some specific programs that NRCS offers.

Speaker: David Hanson | NRCS District Conservationist

Speaker: Daniel Gunnell | Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

  • 15 years with the USFS in Recreation Management / Firefighting / Ordinance Enforcement / Trail Design and Construction / Volunteer Coordination / Grant Management
  • 5 years with the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation as Public Lands Stewardship Coordinator / Trail's Foreman
  • 3 years with Salt Lake City Public Utilities as Watershed Ranger
  • 2 years with Salt Lake City Park Department as Natural Lands Supervisor 
  • 2 years with Utah Department of Agriculture and Food as Conservation Planner / NRCS Partner Planner / Division of Water Quality Project Planner / Grant & Contract Management

Utah Farming Best Management Practices, Alternatives and Programmatic Funding Solutions Focused on Local Agriculture, Natural Resources and Water Quality 

The presentation will address current farming practices, specifically in northern Utah, with contrasts and comparisons between farming techniques and the relationships with local ecosystems.  Dairy farms, animal feedlots, seasons, crops, livestock and water - quality, quantity, cost, and availability - will be discussed.  Funding sources to help individuals, and community farmers, will then be discussed to address farmer, landowner, stakeholder and resource concerns.

Speaker: Dax Reid | Conservation Planner | Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Deidre Beck is a licensed Professional Geologist (PG) and Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) who has worked in the drinking water industry for nearly 18 years. For the first fifteen years of her career, she worked as a consultant helping public water systems develop new sources of drinking water, from the planning phase to full-scale development. Deidre began working with the Division of Drinking Water as an Environmental Scientist in April 2016. She is one of two geologists in the Permitting Section responsible for Drinking Water Source Protection (DWSP) plan review and GIS database management. When she isn't working to protect public health, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, writing and reading, and binge-watching Netflix original series.


Drinking Water Source Protection - Not Just Another Checkbox 

Drinking Water Source Protection (DWSP) has been a regulatory requirement in the State of Utah for many decades. Despite its long history, most public water systems see source protection as another checkbox requirement. Oftentimes plans are only "dusted off" every six years when an update is due. This presentation will discuss the importance of fully implementing your source protection plan, how to be an active member of the source protection team, and why source protection is so important in a multi-barrier approach to ensuring safe drinking water. Changes to the Improvement Priority System (IPS) rule will be discussed as it relates to drinking water source protection and plan implementation. Examples of effective and implementable land management strategies for controlling potential contamination sources will be offered, including failures and recent success stories.

Speaker: Deidre Beck, PG, GISP | Environmental Scientist III | Source Protection | Utah Division of Drinking Water

Joe Crawford is the Water Quality Scientist for Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD), where he has been employed since 2015. He graduated from Utah State with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Watershed Science. He is responsible for all aspects of watershed monitoring and reporting within the 8-county service area of CUWCD. Joe is married, and he and his wife Stacy have four children and are currently living in Spanish Fork, Utah


How to protect your watershed when it’s outside your jurisdiction.

Contamination threats in the watershed are real and frequent. Protecting public health through watershed protection for a public agency that does not own land in the various watersheds but does have regulatory responsibility for source water protection presents a challenge. As a result, the district has been involved in developing innovative solutions to source water protection, which includes a multiple-barrier approach, and multi-agency watershed council and workgroups cooperatively working together to protect overall water quality for all beneficial uses. This presentation will provide insight for developing an effective watershed council, including and success stories for protecting the watershed and public health that is outside our jurisdiction.     

Speaker: Joe Crawford | Water Quality Scientist | Central Utah Water Conservancy District

Melissa Noble is a licensed Professional Geologist (PG) and an Environmental Scientist who works with public water systems, water operators, bureaucrats, engineers, and other scientists to protect public health and maintain safe drinking water. She understands it takes a concerted team effort to supply clean, safe drinking water to the public and it’s worth the effort. Melissa has worked at the Utah Division of Drinking Water since 2012. She is also the current President of the nonprofit board for Women of Water. Melissa holds a Bachelor's Degree (BS) in Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology from Utah State University and a Master's Degree (MS) in Structural Geology from Colorado State University. After a day of fighting for clean sources of drinking water, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, including her two active boys and fiancée, and of course, playing mind-numbing phone games


Approaches for a more robust Source Protection Program

You have a source protection plan that meets the state requirements. Have you wondered if there is more you can do to protect your drinking water sources? Let’s discuss the tools and strategies you can use to address source protection challenges. Why not think outside the box. Have you considered using social media, stakeholder groups, or outside funding? This presentation will share common and not so common ideas to help you beef up your source protection program.

Speaker: Melissa N Noble, MS, PG | Environmental Scientist II | Source Protection | Utah Division of Drinking Water

Mike Rau is the Water Quality Manager for Central Utah Water, where he has been employed since 2009. He has a B.S. in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University and has grade IV certifications in drinking water treatment and distribution. He is from Mapleton, Utah where he enjoys all things outdoors and spending time with his wife and 4 children.


Wildfire Impacts on Water Quality

Forest fires are a normal occurrence in the Mountain West and are typically considered as a healthy part of forest management, but wildfires can quickly spread and leave large areas of unplanned watershed areas scorched with long-term “unhealthy” impacts to water quality.  

This presentation will provide first-hand experiences from several wildfires which resulted in a range of water quality events, from minor short-term impacts to significant long-term impacts to drinking water utilities. Included will be a discussion on how to prepare, respond, and react to erosion events after a wildfire, and how to coordinate future prevention measures. 

Speaker: Mike Rau | Water Quality Manager | Central Utah Water Conservancy District

Mike Osborn was born in Cedar City, Utah and raised in Springville Utah. He graduated from Springville High School where he was active in Football, Baseball, and Track. He went to work for the State of Utah and the Utah National Guard immediately after graduation mowing lawns. He worked his way up the Facilities Maintenance ladder becoming a Certified Water Operator in Distribution in 1988 and eventually the Buildings and Grounds Supervisor and Water System Manager. He retired June 16th, 2009 from the State of Utah with 31 yrs of service.

Mike currently fills the Source Water Circuit Rider position for the Association.

Areas of Expertise: Water Operation O & M and Source Protection


Source Protection Basics

This presentation will cover from start to finish the basics of developing a Source Protection Plan. It will cover what STD's have to do with Source Water Protection. We will cover the Good, Bad, the Ugly in Source Water Protection!

Speaker: Mike Osborn | Source Water Technician | Rural Water Association of Utah