Year Of Water Education Segments

Water Source Facts: Water Research Lab

Jun 10, 2015
uwrl.usu.edu

If you’ve made the drive from Logan to Bear Lake, you may have noticed a large building with a glass facade at the mouth of Logan Canyon. The Utah Water Research Laboratory is a one-of-a-kind facility that engineers and policy makers from around the world turn to for water expertise. The facility was dedicated in 1965, so it’s celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. One of the most unique aspects of the building is its ability to divert water from the Logan River and channel it inside the lab to flow through hydraulic models or test a new valve design, for example.

Water Source Facts: Trees

Jun 3, 2015
summitpost.org

The streets of many Utah cities and towns may be lined with trees now, but that’s not how it was when pioneers first settled the area. In fact, places like Utah State University’s Logan campus once had no trees and were covered in sage brush and other rangeland plants.

Because of the state’s arid climate and limited water resources, most trees in Utah have a hard time growing below 5,000 feet unless they are situated next to a river or stream. Most Utah cities, however, are located below this elevation.


Water Source Facts: Water Check

Jun 3, 2015
westernviews.org

More than for flushing, washing, cooking or even drinking, Utahns use drinking water to water their landscapes. Home, public and commercial landscapes have great potential for water conservation, and that doesn’t have to mean ripping out your favorite flowers and grass and replacing them with gravel and cacti.

 

Water Source Facts: Pariette Wetlands

Jun 3, 2015
blm.gov

Described as an oasis in the Uinta Basin desert, eastern Utah’s Pariette Wetlands provide a welcome respite for a wide range of wildlife. Nearly 100 avian species -- including mallards, Canada geese, bald eagles, sandhill cranes and peregrine falcons -- frequent the riparian corridor. They’re joined by a variety of mammals, including deer, bear and bats. Badgers, beavers, mink and the occasional river otter frolic in the waters.


Water Source Facts: Burbot

Jun 3, 2015
projectnoah.org

The eel-like burbot is a newcomer to Utah. The only freshwater member of the cod family, burbot were illegally introduced to the Green River watershed in the 1990s and are thriving in the deep, cold waters of Flaming Gorge Reservoir.


Water Source Facts: iUtah

Jun 3, 2015
iUtah

iUTAH. That’s short for “innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability.” It sounds complicated, but it’s really quite simple. iUTAH is a state-wide, interdisciplinary research project dedicated to preserving Utah’s water resources.


Water Source Facts: Watersheds

Jun 3, 2015
streamsidescience.usu.edu

   A watershed is an area of land where all the water -- both under it and that drains off of it -- ends up in the same place. An example is the Bear River Watershed or “Basin,” which straddles the Intermountain states of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. In all, the mountain-enclosed basin comprises 7,500 square miles.