Nancy Mesner

Biology Dept

Water Quality Specialist


Nancy Mesner

Contact Information

Office Location: Utah State University
Phone: (435) 797-7541
Email: nancy.mesner@usu.edu
Website: http://extension.usu.edu/waterquality/

Educational Background

Other, Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Dept of Civil Engineering, 1985
Modelled predictions of phosphorus concentrations in Green Lake, WA
MS, Limnology, University of Washington, Dept of Zoology, 1984
Feeding Ecology of Epischura nevadensis in Lake Washington, WA
BS, Marine ecology, Oregon State University, Biology program, 1979

Biography

Associate Professor in Watershed Sciences, Extension Specialist in Water Quality

Teaching Interests

In the fall I teach Water Quality and Pollution (WATS 4530/6530), a capstone course that covers source, transport and fate of common classes of pollutants. The class also covers major water quality laws and policy and assessment tools. The students conduct a quantitative watershed analysis of a local watershed, using historical data, and additional data and experimental results collected throughout the semester. Students also participate in small group projects, where they can delve more deeply into one of the techniques we discuss in class. In the spring I will teach Oceanography (WATS 3000) which is a depth course serving ~ 130 students. I taught this class in the past but discontinued teaching it in 2006 when I became Associate Dean. I love teaching this class to non-majors. I also guest lecture on water quality, water science and watershed management in various courses throughout the year.

Research Interests

Assessment and monitoring tools to better evaluate the current condition of water quality and the effectiveness of management approaches and specific best management practices. Water quality curriculum development and assessment. Work focuses on experiential educational opportunities for grades 4-12. Improved monitoring networks to provide high intensity data.

Awards

E.G. Peterson Award, 2018

USU Extension

Utah State University Extension Specialist Career Award., 2017

USU Extension

2013 Environmental Education Program of the Year, 2013

Utah Society of Environmental Education

Project of Excellence, 2010

National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Water Program

Calvin K. Sudweeks Award for outstanding contributions in the Water Quality Field in the State of Utah, 2008

Gold Medal in long publications for Stream Side Science, 2005

Association of Naturla Resource Extension Specialists

Taggart-Ballard Award of Excellence, 2004

USU Extension

Utah Watershed Improvement Award, 2004

Innovative Program Award, 2003

USU Extension Specialists Association

Utah NonPoint Source Water Quality and Watershed Education, 2003

Utah State University VIce President's Award for Excellence (Team Award), 2003

Carl Johnson Educator of the Year Award, 2002

Bridgerland Audubon Society

Western Extension Leadership Development Program Intern, 2001


Publications | Abstracts

  • Stevens, D.K, Horsburgh, J.S, Spackman, A., Mesner, N., (2007). Little Bear River Test Bed: Tools for Environmental Observatory Design and Implementation. Eos Trans. AGU

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Book Chapters

  • Meals, D.W, Mesner, N., Jackson-Smith, D., Stevens, D.K, Horsburgh, J.S, Sorensen, D.L, Luloff, A.E, Osmond, D.L, (2012). Chapter 21. Little Bear River Watershed, Utah: National Institute of Food and Agriculture–Conservation Effects Assessment Project: How to Build Better Agricultural Conservation Programs to Protect Water Quality: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture–Conservation Effects Assessment Project Experience. Soil and Water Conservation Society
  • Arentsen, P.R, Gillies, R.R, Mesner, N., (2004). Satellite derived impervious surface area as an indicator for water resource impacts in a semi-arid environment, Utah, U.S.A.: Management Information Systems. WIT Press

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Fact Sheets

  • Mesner, N., (2014). Improving Utah’s Water Quality. Virgin / Santa Clara River Watershed. .
  • Mesner, N., (2014). Improving Utah’s Water Quality. Strawberry River Watershed. .
  • Mesner, N., (2014). Improving Utah’s Water Quality. Wallsburg Watershed (Main Creek). .
  • Mesner, N., Elsner, J.J, (2014). Improving Utah’s Water Quality. Little Bear River Watershed. .
  • Mesner, N., (2014). Improving Utah’s Water Quality. Mill / Pack Creek Watershed (Main Creek)..
  • Peterson, E., Mesner, N., (2012). Watershed Fact Sheet: Improving Utah's Water Quality, Lower Bear River Watershed.
  • Mesner, N., Peterson, E., (2011). Improving Utah’s Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for the Middle Bear River watershed. .
  • Mesner, N., Peterson, E., (2011). Improving Utah’s Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for the Price River. .
  • Mesner, N., Peterson, E., (2011). Improving Utah’s Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for the San Rafael River.
  • Mesner, N., Peterson, E., (2011). Improving Utah’s Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for the Scoffield Reservoir Watershed. .
  • Mesner, N., (2010). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for the Middle and Lower Sevier. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2010). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for the Upper Sevier. USU Water Quality Extension, Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2009). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for Mill Creek Watershed. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2009). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for the Upper Bear River Watershed.. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2008). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for Beaver River. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2008). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for Chalk Creek. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2008). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for Cub River.. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2008). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for East Canyon Creek. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2008). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for Fremont River.. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2008). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for Otter Creek.. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2008). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for Rees Creek.. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2008). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for San Pitch River.. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Mesner, N., (2008). Improving Utah's Water Quality. Watershed Fact Sheet for Spanish Fork.. USU Water Quality Extension. Utah Watershed Coordinating Council, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Daniels, B., Mesner, N., (2006). Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Arsenic. USU Extension Publications WQ/DW/02
  • Daniels, B., Mesner, N., (2006). Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Nitrate. USU Extension Publications WQ/DW/01
  • Daniels, B., Mesner, N., (2006). Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Lead. USU Extension Publications WQ/DW/04
  • Mesner, N., (2006). Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Treatment Systems. USU Extension Publications WQ/DW/05
  • Mesner, N., (2006). Understanding your watershed - pH. USU Extension Publications WQ/WS/02
  • Daniels, B., Mesner, N., (2006). Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Bacteria. USU Extension Publications WQ/DW/03
  • Mesner, N., (2005). How to Manage Your Septic System and Protect Your Water. Fact Sheet 6. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2005). How to Protect Your Water from Fertilizers. Fact Sheet 3. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection.. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2005). How to Protect Your Water from Hazardous Waste. Fact Sheet 5. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2005). How to Protect Your Water From Pesticides. Fact Sheet 2. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection.. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2005). How to Protect Your Water from Pesticides. Facty Sheet 2. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection.. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2005). How to Protect Your Water from Petroleum Fuels. Fact Sheet 4. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Ground Water and Surface Water Protection.. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2005). What's the Risk to Your Water From Fertilizers? Survey 3. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2005). What's the Risk to Your Water From Hazardous Waste? Survey 5. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2005). What's the Risk to Your Water From Pesticides? Survey 2. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection.. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2005). What's the Risk to Your Water From Pesticides? Survey 2. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection.. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2005). What's the Risk to Your Water From Petroleum Fuels? Survey 4. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection.. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2005). What's the Risk to Your Water From Your Septic System. Survey 6. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection.. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2003). How to protect your water when managing livestock yards. Fact Sheet 8. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2003). How to protect your water when storing and hadling livestock manure. Fact Sheet7. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection.. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2003). How to Protect Your Well Water, Fact Sheet 1. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection. USU Extension Publications WQFA1
  • Mesner, N., (2003). What's the risk to your water when managing livestock yards. Survey 8. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection.. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2003). What's the risk to your water when storing and handling livestock manure. Survey 7. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection.. USU Extension
  • Mesner, N., (2003). What's the Risk to your Well Water? Survey 1. Utah Farmstead Assessment for Groundwater and Surface Water Protection. USU Extension WQ-FA2
  • Mesner, N., (2002). Community Actions to Reduce Water Quality Impacts of Stormwater. USU Extension Publications WQSW01
  • Mesner, N., (2002). Identifying the Risk to Water Quality in Urban Areas. USU Extension Publications, WQSW02
  • Mesner, N., (2002). Water Conservation in the Home. USU Extension Publications NRWQ04

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Curriculum

  • MacArthur, S., Mesner, N., Robinson, E., Hanson, S., (2017). Discover 4-H Clubs: Wonders of Water Clubs.
  • Mesner, N., Fisher, K., (2012). Invasive Species: Lesson Plan for Stream Side Science..
  • Braithwaite, H., Mesner, N., (2012). Watershed Detectives. USU extension online publications
  • Gagstetter, N., Mesner, N., (2006). Journey through the Bear River Watershed, Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans for educators in the Bear River watershed.
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Bugs Don't BUg Me Coloring Book. USU Extension Publications NR/WQ/EDU/2005-01
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Build A Bug Lesson Plan. USU Extension Publications NR/WQ/2005-02
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Macroinvertebrate Mix and Match Lesson Plan. USU Extension Publications NR/WQ/2005-04
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Macroinvertebrate Research Lesson Plan. USU Extension Publications NR/WQ/2005-05
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Macroinvertebrate Simon Says Lesson Plan. USU Extension Publications NR/WQ/2005-03
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Surface Water Model Lesson Plan. USU Extension Publications NR/WQ/2005-08
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Water Cycle Cross Word Lesson Plan. USU Extension Publications NR/WQ/2005-14
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Water Cycle Relay Race Lesson Plan. USU Extension Publications NR/WQ/2005-11
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Water Cycle Song and Lesson Plan. USU Extension Publications NR/WQ/2005-12
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Water Cycle Word Search Lesson Plan. USU Extension Publications NR/WQ/2005-13
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Water Pollution Graphing Activity Lesson Plan. USU Extension Publications NR/WQ/2005-07
  • Walker, A., Mesner, N., (2005). Streamside Science: Lesson Plans and Water Related Activities for Utah 9th Grade Earth Science. USU Extension
  • Kuster, K., Mesner, N., (2003). Weber Watershed Stormwater Activity Book. USU Extension Publications WQED-02
  • Kuster, K., Mesner, N., (2003). Your Handbook and Journal of Lake Water Quality. USU Extension Publications WQED-01
  • Parrish, R.M, Mesner, N., Call, C., (2001). A river runs through us: The Bear River watershed education project.

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

Professional Journal

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Technical Reports

    Research Reports

    • Mesner, N., (2002). Identifying the risk to water quality in urban areas. USU Extension Publications
    • Mesner, N., (1998). Environmental Assessment for Navajo Agricultural Products Industry Potato Processing Plant, Navajo Indian Irrigation Project Field 6-49 and Black 2, Final Draft, 1998. Ecosystems Research Institute
    • Mesner, N., (1998). Sediment Export Coefficients: Studies and Abstracts, 1998. Ecosystems Research Institute
    • Mesner, N., (1998). Water Quality Study for the Bear River in Idaho. Ecosystems Research Institute
    • Mesner, N., (1997). Mid-Snake River Limnological Studies, 1997. Ecosystems Research Institute
    • Mesner, N., (1995). 1995 Lower Bear River Water Quality Management Plan. Ecosystems Research Institute
    • Mesner, N., (1995). Island Park Hydroelectric Project Environmental Report for the Proposed Spillway Modification. Ecosystems Research Institute
    • Mesner, N., (1994). Horseshoe Bend Hydroelectric Project, FERC No. 5376: Water Quality Monitoring Results and Water Modeling Predictions. Ecosystems Research Institute
    • Mesner, N., (1994). Hyrum Reservoir Clean Lakes Phase 1 Report. Ecosystems Research Institute
    • Mesner, N., (1992). Water Quality in the Upper Bear River Basin - Problems and Mitigation. Prepared for Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
    • Mesner, N., (1991). The Impact of Gizzard Shad Introduction on Zooplankton in Willard Reservoir. ERI for Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
    • Mesner, N., (1991). Water Quality Investigations: Hyrum Reservoir. Prepared for Utah Department of Environmental Quality
    • Mesner, N., (1991). Water Quality Investigations: Lower Bear River. Prepared for Utah Deparmtne of Environmental Quality
    • Mesner, N., Narf, R., Marx, I., Forsberg, J., (1988). Macrophyte Control: Alum injection into lake sediments. Report to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Research

    Other Reports

    • Mesner, N., Jackson-Smith, D., Stevens, D.K, Budy, P., (2013). Review of Utah's 319 Nonpoint Source Program. . *

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Other

    Newsletter

    • Mesner, N., (2006). The Bear River Watershed Information System. Utah Watershed Review
    • Mesner, N., (2006). What does Utah think of its Water Resources?. Utah Watershed Review
    • Mesner, N., (2006). Water Quality Activities for Yourth. Utah Watershed Review
    • Mesner, N., (2006). Pharmaceuticals and Other Personal Care Products Down the Drain. Utah Watershed Review

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Teaching

    WATS 4000 - Natural Resources Teaching Experiences, Fall 2019
    WATS 4530, 6530 - Water Quality and Pollution, Fall 2019
    WATS 4000 - Natural Resources Teaching Experiences, Fall 2018
    WATS 4530 - Water Quality and Pollution, Fall 2018
    WATS 3000 - Oceanography, Spring 2018
    WATS 4000 - Natural Resources Teaching Experiences, Fall 2017
    WATS 4530, 6530 - Water Quality and Pollution, Fall 2017
    WATS 3000 - Oceanography, Spring 2017
    WATS 4000 - Natural Resources Teaching Experiences, Fall 2016
    WATS 4530 - Water Quality and Pollution, Fall 2016
    WATS 4000 - Natural Resources Teaching Experiences, Spring 2016
    WATS 3000 - Oceanography, Spring 2016
    WATS 4000 - Natural Resources Teaching Experiences, Fall 2015
    WATS 6000 - Natural Resources Teaching Experiences, Fall 2015
    WATS 4530, 6530 - Water Quality and Pollution, Fall 2015
    WATS 4000 - Natural Resources Teaching Experiences, Spring 2015
    WATS 3000 - Oceanography, Spring 2015
    WATS 4530,6530 - Water Quality and Pollution, Fall 2014
    WATS 6900 - Graduate Special Topics, Spring 2014
    WATS 3000 - Oceanography, Spring 2014
    WATS 4950 - Special Topics, Spring 2014
    WATS 6900 - Graduate Special Topics: NR Field Days Teaching Experience, Fall 2013
    WATS 6900 - Graduate Special Topics: Readings in water quality, Fall 2013
    WATS 4950 - Special Topics: NR Field Days Teaching Experience, Fall 2013
    WATS 4530,6530 - Water Quality and Pollution, Fall 2013
    NR 4250 - Natural Resources Capstone Experience for Interdisciplinary Studies and General Studies, Spring 2013
    WATS 6900 - Graduate Special Topics, Fall 2012
    WATS 4530,6530 - Water Quality and Pollution, Fall 2012
    WATS 4530,6530 - Water Quality and Pollution, Fall 2011

    Extension

    Utah Water Watch - Citizen Monitoring, 2011 - Ongoing
    Civil Rights-General Plan, 2008 - Ongoing
    Natural Resources Program Leader, 2008 - Ongoing
    Water quality outreach for youth and educators, 2008 - Ongoing
    Watershed management, 2007 - Ongoing

    Graduate Students Mentored

    Karen Mendenhall, Other, February 2015
    Nicki Devanny, Watershed Sciences, September 2013
    Christy Valerio, June 2013
    Claire Pearce, September 2012
    Quinn Hall, January 2012
    Laura Malaguerra (Stein), September 2011
    Angela Wadman, Other, June 2011
    Douglas Johnson, Other, July 2010
    Leah Markiewitz, Other, January 2010
    Owen Clark, September 2012 - March 2016
    Marshall Roses, June 2012 - December 2015
    Aaron Sisson, Other, September 2011 - December 2015
    Jennie Barclay, Other, September 2012 - November 2014
    Dallin Clark, Other, January 2011 - November 2013
    Collin Covington, Other, September 2009 - December 2012
    Tiffany Kinder, Watershed Sciences, September 2009 - April 2012
    Cody Allen, Watershed Sciences, September 2009 - December 2011
    Devin Johnson, Other, September 2009 - December 2011
    Chris Kula, Other, September 2009 - December 2010
    Melinda Bennion, Other, January 2009 - December 2010
    Scott Hunter, Other, September 2008 - December 2010
    Roger Sweeney, January 2009 - August 2010
    Camille Pulham, September 2008 - August 2010
    Nathan Packer, Other, September 2007 - May 2009
    Nicol Gagstetter, Watershed Sciences, August 2006 - June 2008
    Anthony VonNiederhausern, Other, September 2007 - May 2008
    Shannon Herstein, Watershed Sciences, August 2004 - July 2006
    Penny Rieke Arentsen, Watershed Sciences, August 2004 - June 2006
    Andree' Walker, Watershed Sciences, August 2005 - May 2006