Utah State University Watershed Sciences

Raining Plastics In The American West

Jun 13, 2020
Janice Brahney / Utah State University

A new study from researchers at Utah State University finds tiny pieces of plastic are being transported atmospherically and deposited on western public lands in astounding annual quantities.

Top right is a charred slope with burned trees, middle is a deep canyon where the river has been dramatically altered, left side is an unburned slope.
Chris Brown, Utah State University

The land of the western United States is shaped by wildfire and water availability. According to new research from Utah State University, increasing the number of smaller wildfires could increase water resources in the West.   

The Logan River Task Force, a group of concerned citizens, hydrologist, and recreation specialists have formulated a plan to improve environmental and social ecosystem services along the Logan River.