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'The efficiency-ecosystem tradeoff: Constructing a database of water infrastructure changes in Utah'
Andrea Armstrong (armstrong.usu@gmail.com), Utah State University; Douglas Jackson-Smith (doug.jackson-smith@usu.edu), Utah State University

With increasing water demands and a changing climate, calls for improved water efficiency are ever-present. However, inefficient infrastructure supports, through seepage or return flows, many “natural” aquatic and semi-aquatic ecosystems in the Intermountain West. We put forth the hypothesis that, as infrastructure becomes more efficient, ecosystem services provided by “inefficient” waters will likely change or disappear. Our poster presents the efficiency-ecosystem tradeoff and our effort to document patterns of water infrastructure change in the state of Utah. We outline the goals of the database, potential research questions, and areas in which interdisciplinary collaborations may emerge.