This report contains an analysis of landscape water use for the Utah State Capitol grounds. It is being provided in response to a legislative request for this information. The Capitol grounds crew requested and received a Water Check in July and August of 2018. It was provided through the Water Check program affiliated with the Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL) at Utah State University (USU) Extension.
Sep 24, 2019
Aug 08, 2018
CWEL’s recent book, “Combinations for Conservation: Recommended Plant Groupings for Low-Water Landscapes” was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Book Award by the American Society for Horticultural Science Extension Division. CWEL faculty, Youping Sun accepted the award for the group at the ASHS annual conference August 3rd 2018 in Washington D.C.
Jul 27, 2018
Eagle Mountain City is now home to two highly advanced weather stations paid for and maintained by Utah State University. These two stations, located near the Rodeo Grounds and Nolen Park will collect very precise weather data for the City of Eagle Mountain to use in coordination with the USU WaterMAPS and WaterChecks programs.
Jul 03, 2018
The Center for Water Efficient Landscaping has joined a nation-wide research study evaluating the social, economic, and environmental barriers and benefits of transitioning from high input to low input grasses. The goal is to understand how different campus members evaluate the opportunities and barriers for utilizing low-input grasses in their efforts for more sustainable land management — meeting environmental, economic, and social objectives.
Jun 01, 2018
Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada received the 2018 Award for Outstanding Service in the Academic Sector from the American Water Resources Association Utah Section. The award was presented at the section’s 46th Annual Water Resources Conference, which was held in Salt Lake City at the S.J. Quinney School of Law, University of Utah on May 16, 2018.
Mar 26, 2018
Ms. Paige Boyle, recently admitted to USU as a Center for Water Efficient Landscaping Fellow, has also earned a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship from the university.
Mar 08, 2018
March 14-16th at Jordan Valley Conservation Garden Park Through the Qualified Water-Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) Program, local landscape professionals learn how to become water efficient in landscape design, maintenance, and operation, to make a positive impact in reducing landscape water demand.
Jan 29, 2018
The Utah Nursery and Landscape Association (UNLA) Green Conference is an annual gathering of green industry professionals with talks covering a variety of topics related to landscapes, irrigation, design, nursery and greenhouse management, turfgrass and arboriculture. CWEL presented multiple talks at the 2018 Utah Green Industry Conference in Sandy, Utah in January.
Dec 19, 2017
Horticulturist Dr. Larry Rupp is always on the lookout for promising plants for the low-water landscape. The latest four covers of Native Plants Journal showcase pictures of plants from his travels and attention to plants in their native habitats. As the associate editor, he also penned an essay on the difference between ‘looking for’ and ‘seeing’ plants.
Dec 07, 2017
Larry Rupp discusses selecting native trees and shrubs for low water landscapes with USU Extension Forestry’s monthly webinar series.
Nov 20, 2017
Another great year at Water Smart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas! Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada presented her study with Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, Metering Non-Potable Water: 5 -Year Study of Urban Irrigation Efficiency. Dr. Paul Johnson presented You Can't Play Soccer In a Perennial Bed: The Case for Turf In Sustainable Landscapes.
Apr 20, 2017
Join professionals, scientists conservation specialists, and others working to create a sustainable water future in this two day event, May 11th and 12th, 2017. Keynote speaker is Steven Clyde, Vice President and Director of Clyde Snow Attorneys at Law.
Mar 06, 2017
Necrotic ring spot (Ophiosphaerella korrae) is the most commonly diagnosed fungal turfgrass disease by the Utah State University Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory. CWEL's Kelly Kopp and Paul Harris release a research report evaluating Ring to GREEN product by GreenMaster Distributing, LLC for the control of necrotic ring spot in turfgrass.
Feb 17, 2017
The Center for Water Efficient Landscaping has both research and outreach responsibilities, taking valuable research outcomes and working with local communities to educate Utah citizens and make a positive impact on water conservation efforts in our state. CWEL has made progress on the following projects in 2016:
Oct 14, 2016
CWEL’s Kelly Kopp joins the ‘Bringing Water to Life’ podcast. Kelly discusses turf-removal programs and how the best way to start conserving water in the landscape is to first irrigate efficiently.