MISSION STATEMENT: The Utah Water Research Laboratory conducts practical research in the State of Utah, the nation, and the world directed at solving water-related problems, informing water policy and management, and training the next generation of water experts.

About the UWRL

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 the oldest and one of the largest university-based water research facilities in the United States and is considered one of the most respected facilities of its kind.


  • The UWRL employs approximately 200 faculty, staff, and students
  • Expert water faculty, engineers, scientists, laboratory technicians, and students from a variety of engineering and water science disciplines work to advance water resources and environmental engineering research and to train the next generation of water experts
  • Almost all of the research projects undertaken at the UWRL include opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research


  • UWRL facilities comprise 113,000 ft2 of laboratory, computer, and office space
  • Facilities include a state-of-the-art environmental quality laboratory and two world-class hydraulics laboratory spaces for hydraulic modeling/testing
  • A¬†cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) design, testing, and repair shop addresses remote sensing needs in water resources applications
  • Advanced computer facilities support regional and national data collection, storage, and retrieval functions


  • Approximately 250 funded research projects are underway annually at the UWRL, benefitting each of Utah's 29 counties and historically over 70 countries
  • Research includes projects of large and small scope. Many involve interdisciplinary teams and collaboration with multiple agencies and with the private sector
  • Faculty and staff regularly engage in professional service, technology and information transfer, and public education effort.