Utah Water Watch (UWW) is a water quality education and data collection program that seeks to increase awareness about the importance of water quality and promote stewardship of Utah’s aquatic resources.
UWW’s mission is to encourage, educate and engage volunteers in monitoring water quality by providing the knowledge, training, and resources needed to examine the health of Utah’s lakes and streams. The program is dedicated to the collection of water quality data for education and watershed management.
UWW’s goals include:
- Recruit and train volunteers to monitor water quality
- Help volunteers collect credible water quality data for the public, schools, and state agencies
- Provide water quality education and resources to give the public skills to monitor Utah's lakes and streams
- Maintain a motivated volunteer monitoring network by providing continual support and feedback
- Store the data in a publicly accessible database and provide interpretation of results
Utah Water Watch incorporates the past volunteer program, Utah Lake Watch and education programs Utah Stream Team and Stream Side Science. It is managed by USU Water Quality Extension in partnership with the Utah Division of Water Quality. It is a program that allows the public to cooperate with the UT DWQ in monitoring Utah’s lakes and streams.
UWW is a two tier monitoring program. To learn more about the different tiers, see our Monitoring page.
A survey of UWW participants demonstrated a positive impact through the citizen science program. See some of the results here.
We have an amazing team of volunteers. We give out monthly prizes to volunteers at random and choose a special volunteer of the year to acknowledge their extraordinary efforts. Learn more by clicking here!
Find out about other citizen science projects in Utah by clicking here.
Utah Water Watch is a collaborative program and partnerships are integral to the program. Check out some of our other partners below.