2014 Water Week Results
During Utah Water Watch's 1st Annual Big Water Week (May 4-10) volunteers collected monitoring reports on 38 sites across Utah. This provided a snapshot of Utah's water quality during Utah Water Week. Below are highlights of three key parameters.
Overall the reports indicate that we have good quality, healthy water! The water quality parameters were in their normal ranges and no one observed any large problems or dead fish during the week. This is great news! All this data and more are available on our Utah Water Watch Database.
The average for all sites was 9.5 C (1.5 C colder than last year) with the coldest temperature of 6.0 C at the Weber River and the warmest temperature of 15 C in the Santa Clara River. Water temperature in streams should not exceed 20 C for cold water fisheries and 27 C for warm water fisheries.
To learn more go to the Temperature Information page.
The average for all sites was 7.9 mg / L with a low of 5.0 mg/ L on one location on the Weber River and a high of 12 mg/ L at a different location on the Weber River. Values lower than ~ 5.0 mg / L can be stressful for certain aquatic organisms.
To learn more visit the dissolved oxygen page.
The average for all sites was 7.2 with a maximum of 8.7 at Temple Fork and a minimum of 5.5 at Farmington Creek. The healthy range of pH is 6.5-9, so there was only one measurement outside this range.
To learn more visit the pH Information page.