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:
Feb 17, 2017
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.
Aug 03, 2016
M.S. or Ph.D. research assistantships are available with the Center for Water Efficient Landscaping at Utah State University to study urban landscapes and urban water management.
Jun 15, 2016
The Slow the Flow Water Check Program is in full swing along the Wasatch Front offering free irrigation efficiency assessments. A considerable amount of water can be saved through efficient irrigation as a typical Utah homeowner applies twice as much water as necessary to their landscape. The Deseret News reports on the Water Check Program.
Jun 15, 2016
'Smart' irrigation controllers monitor the local environment to determine how much water is necessary to sufficiently water the landscape without wasting water. Weber Basin Water Conservancy District offers rebate for homeowners to install.
May 04, 2016
Utah Water Conservation Forum held their annual Spring Conference on May 5th and 6th 2016. Professionals, scientists, conservation specialists and others working to create a sustainable water future met to discuss outreach, education, research and incentives for water conservation.
Apr 29, 2016
Want to learn how to save water in your yard? Join specialists from USU's Center for Water Efficient Landscaping in Logan City’s Green Futures Learning Series. Kelly Kopp, Joanna Endter-Wada, and Larry Rupp will cover a variety of irrigation, plant and human behavior aspects of landscape water conservation. Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 pm, Logan City Hall Conference Room.
Apr 28, 2016
This facilitated workshop for northern Utah water agencies was conducted in collaboration with Utah State University Extension, Center For Water Efficient Landscaping, Wasatch Dendroclimatology Research (WaDR) Group, USFS, BYU, and Western Water Assessment. See the presentations here about climate and drought issues and water conservation strategies.
Feb 10, 2016
USU student Shawn Foster presents research on Capitol Hill in Utah in January 2016. His poster, titled 'Water Use of Kentucky Bluegrass Varieties' evaluates bluegrass varieties to find more water-efficient varieties that may result in less irrigation, yet maintain quality and function of the turf.
Jan 28, 2016
CWEL presents multiple talks at the 2016 Utah Green Industry Conference in Sandy, Utah. Talks included 'Weeds in the New Low-water Landscape' with Larry Rupp, 'Combinations for Conservation' with Adrea Wheaton, Larry Rupp and Bill Varga, and 'Landscape Water Demand Standard' with Roger Kjelgren.
Nov 23, 2015
What motivates homeowners to adopt water-efficient landscape designs and irrigation practices? What obstacles must irrigation professionals and water providers overcome to move the needle towards more water-efficient choices?
Oct 29, 2015
CWEL faculty Larry Rupp and Kelly Kopp were among the instructors of a Qualified Water Efficient Landscapers (QWEL) course taught to a record number of attendees at the Conservation Garden Park. QWEL is an EPA WaterSense recognized training program for landscape professionals.
Sep 28, 2015
Drought and climate change make managing landscape water a major policy and prorgram management challenge for water agencies. At this years' American Water Works Association's Intermountain Section Conference Dr. Roger Kjelgren and Diana T. Glenn of the Center for Water Efficient Landscaping both presented their most recent research.
Jun 01, 2015
USU's Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL) recieved an Award of Excellence from the Western Extension Directors Association for outstanding accomplishments, results and impacts in addressing contemporary issues in the West.
Jun 24, 2015
As the second driest state in the country, Utah is facing important water issues. This video shows the ongoing research and outreach addressing water issues in Utah