Water Quality: USU Extension


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    Water is Life: Quality Matters


    Become A Utah Water Watch Volunteer 

    Utah Water Watch (UWW) is a citizen water quality monitoring program. Our goal is to empower citizens 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 (click the green button above to register for this specific training).

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

    For more information please visit our Utah Water Watch website

    volunteers cleaning trashPack it Out Utah! 

    Check out the results of Utah's first STATEWIDE trails and waterways cleanup!
    🔹 140 volunteer submissions
    🔹 352 event sign ups
    🔹 870+ lbs. of trash collected
    🔹 5000+ items collected
    🔹 7 out of 10 major Utah watersheds with less trash
    🔹 50+ unique sites statewide
    🔹 8 Utah counties with volunteers

    We had great participation for the first try at a statewide effort! Thank you to everyone who joined. We truly appreciate your great work. Your efforts help improve water quality and take care of our beautiful state. We need caring Utahns like all of you to help make a difference.

    Stay tuned for the second statewide cleanup in 2021!

    Visit http://bit.ly/PackItOutUtah2020 for more information about the event!

    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 GraphicDon't Share Utah

       DontShare.Utah.Gov was created to give water quality tips and tricks to keep your small farms healthy and your neighbors happy.

    Be a good neighbor and "Don't Share" pollution, weeds and disease!

    Follow on Facebook or Instagram to stay updated!

    Click on the picture to find out how you can be a good neighbor and avoid contaminating Utah's water.

    Harmful Algal BloomHarmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

         Due to state budget cuts, the Utah Division of Water Quality (UDWQ) can only monitor 18 priority waterbodies across Utah for Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) this season. This monitoring is crucial to protect Utah's citizens, pets, and livestock from harm. Currently, the UDWQ is allowing Utah Water Watch (UWW) members to join in their efforts to collect sample and identify HABs.

    To learn how to join UWW and help monitor Utah's water quality see: https://bit.ly/UWW-get-involved

    Click the image to visit the UDWQ website and get important updates about current HABs in Utah.

    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: