Water Quality: USU Extension


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    Water is Life: Quality Matters


    volunteers cleaning trashPack it Out Utah 2023

    Utah's fourth STATEWIDE trails and waterways cleanup has concluded! Click HERE for results from this year.

    Remember, any trash collected has a positive impact!

    More details to follow for 2024. Click HERE for updates.

    Join the HAB Squad

    BRC kid

    The HAB Squad protects Utah's waters by identifying harmful algal blooms.

    Watch our free webinar to learn more about harmful algal blooms and sign up for the HAB Squad here. Members receive a free membership card!

    Become A Utah Water Watch Volunteer 

    Utah Water Watch (UWW) is a public water quality monitoring program. Our goal is to empower the public to learn and share knowledge about their local watersheds and practice good stewardship. Data collected is shared in a public database and with local water managers.
    Volunteer sampling water
    Utah Water Watch is a free program and is open to volunteers of all ages.
    Volunteering is a fun way to learn more about water quality and help protect lakes and streams in Utah.

    There are 3 steps you need to take in order to become a volunteer:

    1.Fill out the volunteer registration form

    2. Attend a workshop and become certified

    3. Work with the coordinator to choose a site to monitor

    For more information please visit this website.

    riverWater Quality Month Word Games

    August was National Water Quality Month!

    Join us in celebrating with these fun water quality word games:

    Word Search, Key

    Word Scramble, Key

    Crossword, Key

    Click whichever game or key you would like above to download a pdf version.

    River at sunset2022 Spring Runoff Conference

         The USU Spring Runoff Conference is held nearly annually to provide a forum for interdisciplinary sharing and exchange of ideas on water-related issues in Utah and the Intermountain Region extending to all aspects of water science, ecology, policy, engineering, and management. The conference was held on Tuesday March 29, 2022 at the Eccles Conference Center at USU.


    Recordings from the conference are posted here.

    Dry GrassUtah Drought Information System

         The Utah Drought Information System is a user-interactive webpage developed from a BOR WaterSMART project that aims at providing historical and forecast drought-related data to state professionals. This great database can be found at the Utah Climate Center at Utah State University's website.


    Click the image to visit the Utah Climate Center's Drought Information System.

    Gotta Go Utah! LogoGotta Go Utah!

       GottaGoUtah.org was created to give tips on how to properly dispose of your waste when you gotta go in the outdoors. Help keep our Beautiful Utah trails and landscapes stay clean and safe by doing your part.

       Visit our page to learn when you need to dig a cat hole, pack out your waste or find a dump station on your next trip.

    Follow on Facebook or Instagram to stay updated!

    Don't Share Good Neighbor GraphicSmall Farm Neighbor

    Smallfarmneighbor.org was created to give water quality tips and tricks to keep your small farms healthy and your neighbors happy.

    Follow on Facebook or Instagram to stay updated!

    Click on the picture to find out how small farmers and backyard gardeners can protect our waterways.

    Volunteer taking a sample in a streamStream Side Science

       Stream Side Science allows teachers to use FREE lesson plans specialized to help students of all ages learn more about watersheds, their important functions, and water pollution/quality.

       These lessons are hands-on and we provide the water quality monitoring equipment.

    If you are interested in learning more, joining a workshop, or accessing lesson plans see the following link for more information: