Water is life: quality matters
Our mission: To help people understand the link between the quality of our water, land uses, and everyday activities.
To all people who use water from Utah Lake and Jordan River:
Be aware of the harmful algal bloom in Utah Lake. This water may contain harmful concentrations of toxins produced by these algae. The Utah Division of Water Quality is actively monitoring the water, but getting final concentrations of the toxins will take a few more days.
Water with toxins above water quality drinking water standards can be dangerous to the health of your family and your animals from consumption, direct contact, or use for irrigation. Avoid all contact with water from Utah Lake, the Jordan River and diversion canals from the river until more is known about the toxin concentrations. We should have this information by July 22 or July 23.
For updates, check back here OR go to: http://deq.utah.gov/locations/U/utahlake/algal-bloom.htm.
Bear River Celebration 2016 a Success
Despite the rain, many people from northern Utah came to participate in this event. Families learned about water quality monitoring, how to tie fishing flies, urban conservation and much more. The Bear River Celebration was held in conjunction with free fishing day. Click below to learn about the Community Mapping Activity, an interactive memory-sharing experience introduced to the BRC this year!
National Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop
Registration is now open for the 22nd Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop, August 23 -25, 2016, Salt Lake City, Utah. The Workshop is an important forum for sharing information and improving communication on controlling and tracking NPS pollution at its source and in receiving water bodies. The sessions are devoted to bringing together individuals from a wide range of backgrounds including science, engineering, business, public policy, education, and community groups.
Utah Water Week!
May 1- May7, celebrate Utah Water Week! We will be compiling a snapshot of Utah's waters from data collected by Utah Water Watch volunteers. Check out our event page to learn more and find data from previous. Interested in becoming a UWW volunteer, learn more about getting involved. We will be kicking off the week with a volunteer training event on April 30th.
Ready for Spring?
Ready for Spring? Check out our calendar for upcoming events! Learn how you can participate and learn about your watershed. We have Utah Water Watch training scheduled starting in April, Streamside Science teacher workshops starting in June and the Bear River Celebration June 11th.
We are excited to continue to provide information and outreach programs about protecting our important water resources. Keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events in your area and learn about some changes to our office in this iutah article.
No Dumping, Drains to River
On Saturday, October 10th, a group of students led by Arthur Wallis, Water Quality Extension Intern, painted stencils around stormdrains on USU Campus as a reminder that they are connected to the rivers. The project was started over concerns about what was being dumped around campus. The pollutants drain into our local rivers and streams and cause water quality problems that affect drinking water and wildlife.
Natural Resource Field Days
A program for 4th graders in Cache County to discover the natural resources in Logan Canyon. Stations focus on teaching water quality, plants, soils, and wildlife of the area. Some partners involved include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Cache County Extension. Check out the coverage of the 2015 program: Utah Public Radio released Sept 23rd; Herald Journal article from Sept 24th; Aggie TV News.