Utah State University has diverse strengths in water sciences, engineering and policy with academic programs and active research in many colleges and departments. Critical research questions occur at the interface between disciplines and the Water Initiative seeks to stimulate investigation into multidisciplinary problems. One challenge that the USU Water Initiative seeks to address is to integrate and synthesize water-related science and engineering research activities to meet the growing demands for integrated expertise and focus the intellectual leadership of the university academic community on integrated water planning that is critical for society in the Intermountain West.
A goal of the Utah State University Water Initiative is the establishment of a Laboratory Watershed. The Great Salt Lake Basin and within it the Bear River Watershed serve as a microcosms for many water resource, science, and policy issues in the western U.S. Climate variability, effects of drought, water quality, urban and agricultural development, and interstate policies are all important concerns. Our efforts to establish a laboratory watershed include:
- Bear River Watershed Information System
- Bear River EPA Target Watershed Grant
- Great Salt Lake Basin Hydrologic Observatory Prospectus
USGS HIF Equipment Rental Program
USU Research Initiation Awards
To pursue the goal of fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary work across departments in the Water Sciences at Utah State University, the Water Initiative supports interdisciplinary pilot research studies by USU faculty in the broad area of Water Sciences. In 2006, this program was expanded to include teaching and class development in addition to the original focus of research studies. These projects are selected on the basis of them serving the common good goal of strengthening interdisciplinary water science at USU. This program is intended to stimulate interdisciplinary research and education, build cooperation and institutional aspects of an integrated water sciences research and academic program, and attract additional interdisciplinary funding to USU water programs thereby elevating the prominence of USU in water sciences. Click here for details of previous awards.