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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
April 25-26 – Envirothon, Emery, Ron Hellstern