Utah Water Week is May 4 - 10, 2014

We all live in a watershed. Help protect our water.

What is a watershed?

A watershed is the land area from which surface water drains into a common stream channel, lake, reservoir, or other body of water. It is the geographical area of land that collects, stores, and transports water. Watersheds are "nested", with many small watersheds comprising larger watersheds. No matter where you are on land, you are in a watershed. For more information about watersheds view our Watershed 101 presentation.

These are some simple steps that you can take to help protect water:

  • Don't dump harmful substances down storm drains. Storm drains often flow directly to lakes and rivers. To learn more visit our Urban Stormwater page.
  • Help conserve water by using proper irrigation practices
  • Upgrade appliances like toilets and washers to use less water
  • Join Utah Water Watch and help monitor water quality in a lake or stream
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers correctly (Fact sheets: Handling and Storing Pesticides, Handling Storing and Applying Fertilizers)
  • Properly dispose of unused medicines with solid waste. Do not flush them down the toilet.
  • "Leave no trace" when you hike
  • Be aware of invasive species - they can hitch hike on boats and waders

For more water conservation ideas visit our Conservation page.


Statewide and local activities promote the importance of water quality and water conservation.

Utah Water Watch's Big Water Week event. Utah Water Watch is a statewide water quality and water related volunteer monitoring program. Utah Water Watch educates and empowers volunteers to help collect and report scientific data on water quality. Volunteers are collecting water quality data during Utah Water Week. This data will be posted on our website as a snapshot view of Utah's water quality. If you could like to get involved please contact Utah Water Watch at waterquality@usu.edu or call (435) 797-2580(435) 797-2580.


Water Fairs for students:

         April 29-30 – Cache County Water Fair, Logan, Logan City Public Works

         May 7-8 – Washington County Water Fair, St. George, WCWCD

         May 9 – Snowcrest Water Day, Huntsville



Water Festivals for the public:

          May 6 - Water For People Golf Tournament, Thanksgiving Point

          May 6 - Water Treatment Plant Tour, Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake and Sandy, Cottonwood Heights

         May 10 - Willow planting on Huff Creek, Weber River Watershed Coordinator, Coalville

          May 10 - Prescription Take Back & Garden Tour, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, West Jordan

          May 10 – Water Fair, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Orem

          May 10 - Treatment plant & Garden Tour, Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, Layton

         June 7 – Bear River Celebration Free Fishing Day, USU Water Quality Extension, Logan


Utah Water Watch Trainings

         May 8 - Utah Water Watch Training, St. George, Brian Greene

         May 17 – Utah Water Watch Training, Utah Botanic Center, Brian Greene

         May 31 – Utah Water Watch Training,  Swaner Eco Center, Brian Greene


Other events

         April 25-26 – Envirothon, Emery, Ron Hellstern