About the Utah Water Research Laboratory

The Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) at Utah State University has been a leader in water and environmental research for over 50 years. It is one of the first and largest university-based water research facilities in the United States and is considered one of the most respected facilities of its kind.

Faculty, Staff,
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Graduate Research Assistanships Funded
Active Projects
Scholarly Publications
Scholarly Presentations

*These numbers are reported and updated annually. Please see our UWRL Annual Report for more information.


The Utah Water Research Laboratory conducts collaborative water and environmental research in Utah and throughout the world to advance innovative solutions, promote scientifically informed policy and management decisions, and train tomorrow’s leaders.


We envision a sustainable water and environmental future for Utah and the world.


As we seek solutions to the complex water and environmental challenges facing Utah, the western US, and the world, we:

  • Value truth, transparency, and collaboration.
  • Encourage and engage in research that is reproducible, equitable, inclusive, and trustworthy.
  • Prioritize people by supporting growth and professional development.
  • Cultivate a safe and efficient workplace built on inclusion, trust, and mutual respect.

Unique Capabilities

This 113,000 ft2 university-based water and environmental research facility along the Logan River is a premier research location with unique capabilities to address critical and emerging water and environmental challenges, including:

  • Two hydraulics laboratories for large-flow physical modeling.
  • An environmental quality laboratory for chemistry and microbiology studies in water, soil, and air.
  • Additional field and observatory sites in the Logan River watershed and throughout the western U.S.
  • Staff expertise spanning a broad range of disciplines.