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.
Mission & Goals
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 credible 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
UWW 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.
Utah Water Watch incorporates the past volunteer program, Utah Lake Watch, and education programs Utah Stream Team and Stream Side Science. As we move forward with UWW, we plan to improve the connections with the education programs to encourage the use of this citizen science with students and clubs around the state.