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In the West, water is one of our most valuable commodities. Learn how to reduce your water use, and also explore USU research concerning water conservation, lesson plans to incorporate in the classroom, funding opportunities and more.

“Water will be the coal of the future” – Jules Verne 1874

Fact Sheets

Cost Free Landscape Water Conservation Ideas

Greywater Systems

Home Gardening: Quick Tips to Efficient Watering

Rain Barrels in Utah

USU Extension Water Quality & Watershed Fact Sheet Publications

Water-Wise Landscaping: Ideas for Landscape Water Conservation without Changing your Landscape Design

Journal Articles/Reports

Best Management Practices Monitoring Guide for Stream Systems

City of Tucson, Watershed Management Group, & Pima County Regional Flood Control District. (2015, May). Solving Flooding Challenges with Green Stormwater Infrastructure in the Airport Wash Area

Conservation Economics Institute. (2015, October). Green Stormwater Infrastructure Economics

EPA National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change

Rural Connections: Water in the Western U.S.

Utah Science: The Year of Water

Water for a Sustainable World


Lesson Plans

View Water Lesson Plans Here

Funding Opportunities

Coastal SEES: Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability

EPA A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet

EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

NSF Water Sustainability and Climate Solicitation

WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2014. Bureau of Reclamation – Department of the Interior. 


View Water Resources


Hidden Costs of Bottled Water


USU Extension: Water Impacts

Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic For the New West

Extension & USU YouTube

General Rain Barrel Overview

How to Build a Rain Barrel

How to Install a Diverter

Water Needs and Wants