Learn About Lakes
An Oligotrophic Lake in Utah's Uinta Mountains
Lakes, ponds and reservoirs are an important part of our culture here in the second driest state, often used for recreation and irrigation. The ecological functions of lakes and ponds are fascinating and complex.
As seasons change, so do lakes. Learn more about the dynamics of lakes here.
Lakes have a distinct food web and thus a distinct ecology. Learn more about aquatic ecology here.
Some algae found in lakes can be toxic and very dangerous. Learn more about harmful algal blooms, including how to identify them here.
Participants of Utah's citizen water quality network measure pH, temperature, E. coli and cyanobacteria at a local lake or pond. The program is perfect for educators, aspiring scientists, and anyone just wanting to get involved. Learn how you can help take care of your local lakes here.