Science Museum Lecture: Local Drinking Water
Science Museum Lecture Series: Your Local Drinking Water
Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm
Speaker: Matt Enger, USFS hydrologist, and Jon Warder, USFS forest fire management officer for Bighorn National Forest
Title: Your Local Drinking Water – Sheridan Municipal Watershed: Its Source, Threats, and Proposed Actions on the Bighorn National Forest
Zoom Webinar – https://nwccd.zoom.us/j/93277887683
Abstract: How often do you turn on your faucet and take for granted the amazing water quality we enjoy in Sheridan? We are very fortunate! However, managers from Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board and the Wyoming Water Development Office have recognized that the Sheridan Municipal Watershed, sourced almost entirely from lands managed by the Bighorn National Forest, is at risk. A study completed in 2019 has identified that wildfire can be a major source of sediment and other contaminants to the water supply, and that action is needed to reduce this threat. Wildfires in Colorado and Wyoming in the summer of 2020 burned many homes, but also impacted municipal watersheds. The Bighorn National Forest is proposing management actions to help reduce this threat. Join U.S. Forest Service employees Matt Enger and Jon Warder to learn about this invaluable resource and the potential ramifications of wildfire, and learn about ways to provide input to the proposed actions on your National Forest.
Biosketch: Matt Enger is a Hydrologist who has been with the Bighorn National Forest since 2016. An Illinois native, Matt attended college at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he earned a BS and MS in Forestry, while concentrating in Forest Hydrology and Soil Science. As a Hydrologist with the Forest Service, Matt has served on several Burned Area Emergency Response Teams with the Forest Service, tasked with assessing the post-fire effects following a wildfire.
Jon Warder has been an employee of the Bighorn National Forest since 2001, residing in Sheridan with his family. He has been the Forest Fire Management Officer since 2007, and was a wildlife biologist with the Forest Service beginning in 1989. He received a BS in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University in 1991, and has been fortunate to enjoy many outdoor recreation opportunities along the way in his career.
This lecture is free and open to the public.