Learn About Lakes
An Oligotrophic Lake in Utah's Uinta Mountains
Lakes, ponds and reservoirs are an important resource 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 distinct ecologies and food webs. 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 in Utah's citizen water quality monitoring network measure pH, temperature, E. coli and cyanobacteria at local lakes or ponds. 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.