Water Quality: USU Extension


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    Cache Natural Resources Field DaysNatural Resources Field Days

    Thank you to all the volunteers and teachers who helped out this year to make 2019 a success!!

    This year, we had more than 800 fourth graders join us at Guenivah-Malibu campground up Logan Canyon to learn about water, plants, soils, and wildlife. Although the weather was not the best over the two week daily program, the students and teachers had a great time learning all about our local natural resources. To learn more about this great experience, click here.

    Map of Jordan River Watershed

    Get to the River Festival

    Join us in celebrating the Jordan River! The 30-day long festival celebrates the environmental, recreational, economical, and cultural benefits the river offers to the sixteen cities it passes through. To celebrate the importance of the Jordan River, each of the cities and the three counties it passes through will be hosting events during the entire month of September. For more information, visit the Get to the River Festival home page.


    The photo to the right is of the Jordan River watershed and all of the water runs from Utah Lake, through the Salt Lake Valley, and finally into the Great Salt Lake.

    Help the Utah Division of Water Quality!

    Volunteers around the state have been asked to help the UDWQ collect  important real-time data on thestatus ofHarmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in our lakes during late summer and early fall. 

    How you can help: 

    • When you visit a lake or reservoir, note absence or presence of a possible HAB. 
    • If you suspecta bloom, contact (801) 536-3123 immediately.
    • To help UDWQ better track all our lakes, please also use the bloomWatch app to record the presence or absence of harmful algae.

    For more information on how to identify and report HABs, visit our Utah Water Watch HAB page.

    To read research about how environmental conditions lead to HABs, check out Utah State Today's article.

    Cover of Utah Water Watch ManualUpdated Utah Water Watch Manual

    We have been working on a new Volunteer Manual and updating our Datasheets to make training and monitoring easier than ever! Be sure to check out the new and improved Volunteer Manual. The manual also contains our new datasheets which makes data entry a quicker process. To learn more about Utah Water Watch and how you can become a Citizen Scientist, click this link.

    GearUp Camp Hyrum Reservoir boat activitySTEM Gear Up Camp

    2019 was the fourth and final year USU Water Quality Extension has assisted with a week long Gear Up Camp in Logan for high school students and teachers. This year students participated in building and operating underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to explore aquatic systems. To see the ROVs in action, click this link to watch a video.