2019 Annual Water Resources Conference Field Trips 

Field Trip 1: Wasatch Drain Tunnel/Snowbird Ski Resort Tram | Sunday, November 3 | 1:00 - 7:00 PM

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SOLD OUT! The Wasatch Drain Tunnel is part of an abandoned mine. The tunnel was built in 1910 to drain the mine for mining operations. In the mid-1980’s, work was completed to turn it into a water source for the Snowbird Ski Resort and the surrounding communities.
The field trip will include an hour-long tour of the Wasatch Drain Tunnel. Participants will travel deep underground into the tunnel to learn about a unique water storage and treatment system for the Snowbird Ski Resort and Little Cottonwood Canyon. Around 35 million gallons of water are stored to a depth of over 300 feet within the mine system. The water is treated by a filtration system built within the tunnel. Take a sneak peak and watch this KSL.com video!

UPDATE: The Snowbird Aerial Tram ride has been canceled due to maintenance. In lieu of the tram ride, registrants will receive the $15 voucher that can be redeemed at retail stores, bars, and dining facilities. You can explore Snowbird Village, including the Cliff Lodge and Snowbird Center, or hike to Creekside Lodge and back to Snowbird Center [no services available at Creekside]. 

2:00 PM - Bus arrives at Wasatch Tunnel entrance
2:00 - 3:30 PM - Wasatch Drain Tunnel Tour
3:30 - 6:00 PM - On your own to explore the resort
6:00 PM - Bus leaves Snowbird Center (lower level)

Voucher ($15) Redemption Options
Retail at the Snowbird Center --- Pipeline (closes at 4:00 PM), Wings, Central Sundries, and General Gritts (grocery store)
Dining  at the snowbird center --baked and brewed coffee (closes at 5:00 PM), tram car pizza 
Dining at the Cliff – Seventy-one Seventy-one lounge Aerie restaurant and lounge

Other retail and/dining – no voucher redemption
Snowbird Center Retail - Christie’s Sports (closes at 5:00 PM)
Snowbird Center Dining – Tram Club

Field Trip 2: Water Research Lab at Utah State University | Sunday, November 3 | 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

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Join us in beautiful northern Utah for a tour of Utah State University’s world-renowned Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL). The UWRL is the oldest and one of the largest university-based water research facilities in the United States.  It is also considered one of the most well respected facilities of its kind. The UWRL conducts approximately 250 projects each year in a broad spectrum of water disciplines, including hydraulics, water resources, and environmental engineering, with a particular focus on Utah’s unique water challenges. 

The UWRL has been modeling hydraulic structures for more than 50 years to improve designs, reduce costs, and increase safety. Recent or current hydraulic models at the lab include scale-models of the Oroville Dam Spillway, Nenggiri Dam bottom outlet and spillway, Lake Ralph Hall Dam, and a full-scale model of an Archimedes Screw turbine designed by Percheron Power. The tour will include these or other similar scale models as available at the time of the tour. Take a look at the UWRL Model for the Orville Dam Spillway.

Participants will get an up-close tour of our hydraulics modeling facilities and AggieAir, an innovative unmanned aerial system (UAS) program that is transforming remote sensing and precision agriculture. The AggieAir UAS program has a 10-year history of providing quality environmental data for water resources management and other scientific applications.



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