Volunteer CookoutUtah 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  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 incorporates the past volunteer program, Utah Lake Watch, and education programs, Utah Stream Team and Stream Side Science. It is managed by USU Water Quality Extension in partnership with the Utah Division of Water Quality (UDWQ). The UWW program allows the public to work with the UDWQ in monitoring Utah’s lakes and streams.  

    UWW is a two tier monitoring program. To learn more about the different tiers, see our Monitoring page.  

    A survey of UWW participants demonstrated a positive impact through the citizen science program. See some of the results here.

    Our Volunteers

    We have an amazing team of volunteers. We give out monthly prizes to volunteers at random and choose a special volunteer of the year to acknowledge their extraordinary efforts. Learn more by clicking here!

    Citizen Science

    Find out about other citizen science projects in Utah by clicking here.

     Summary of UWW volunteer participation and monitoring from 2012-2018. UWW participation graph 2018

    UWW monitoring graph 2018


    Check out some of our other Accomplishments! Click on the picture for more information.

    UWW Volunteer Survey UWW Volunteer Survey 2015
    Logan River Sign

    Water quality monitoring signs

    Signs were placed by Logan River, Red Butte Creek and Provo River

    These signs highlight the importance of monitoring. 

    Salt Lake Symposium winners Salt Lake Symposium Award Winners
    Utah Water Week Utah Water Week

    Utah Water Watch is a collaborative program and partnerships are integral to the program.  Partners include local, state and federal agencies, universities, school districts, nature centers, and watershed partnerships.  Check out some of our partners below.


    UWW Partners

    Read our current and archived Newsletters and find radio stories highlighting UWW.

    Newsletter and News stories