Educating about water conservation

Water is important to the economy and our way of life in Cache Valley. The Utah State University Water Quality Extension team has put together an entire program of learning and volunteer training opportunities along with special events all meant to raise awareness of water quality and conservation.

On a recent KVNU For the People program, Water Quality Program Coordinator Eli Robinson said his crew has been busy already educating people about this much needed commodity.

“We’ve been busy starting early this spring. We’ve traveled around to a lot of water fairs for 4th graders throughout the state. Just last week we were doing a water fair in Cache County…we were teaching kids about the watershed and how what they do on land affects the water shed,” according to Robinson.

Earlier throughout the state Utah Water Week was observed, with the theme of ‘We All Live in a Watershed.’ Robinson explained what that means for those of us in Cache Valley.

“So a watershed is just an area in which all the water drains down to. So in the Cache Valley we’re part of the Great Salt Lake watershed, but we’re also part of the Bear River Watershed. The idea focusing on the watershed is focusing on how the activities we do on land impact the watershed.”

Robinson continued, “So, for example, if you have a lawn and you like to fertilize it, sometimes some of that extra fertilizer might run off into a drainage ditch and that water is going to flush all the way down into maybe the Logan River, maybe down into the Bear River.”

Those interested in learning more about events and training about water issues can go to the extension website at <a href=”http://extension.usu.edu/utahwaterwatch” target=”_blank”>extension.usu.edu/utahwaterwatch</a>.

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