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Water Resources Engineering

Irrigation in Cache Valley

Water resources engineering at the UWRL incorporates principles of hydrology, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, environmental engineering, economics, ecology, political science, and other disciplines in water resources management research. Our multi-disciplinary faculty and students also develop new ways to model natural processes, providing tools to support human decision making regarding efficiency, safety, and economic tradeoffs in the management of scarce water resources.

Academic Information:
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Department Expertise:

  • Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • Cyberinformatics/Cyberinfrastructure
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Ecohydraulics
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Instream Flow
  • Irrigation/Drainage
  • Machine Learning & Big Data
  • Remote Sensing Applications
  • Reservoir & River Restoration & Management
  • River Basin & Wetlands Management
  • Soil Moisture
  • Stormwater Management
  • Surface/Subsurface Hydrology
  • Surface and Groundwater Quantity/Quality Management
  • Water Resources Systems Engineering

UWRL water resources engineering faculty and students conduct research to, among many other things, find alternative approaches for water systems management, improve systems design, explore the institutional aspects of decision making in the public sector, develop decision support systems for sustainable water quantity and quality management, create new information sources and tools such as spatial data sets encoded in geographical information systems, and exploit improving climate forecasts and cognitive models of the human decision process and societal group dynamics.

The projects below represent just a few of the exciting water resources engineering projects ongoing at the UWRL.

Service & Outreach

Board and Committee Memberships:

Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)(delegate, Bethany Neilson; former president, Mac McKee)

American Geophysical Union
(Water Quality Technical Committee member, Bethany Neilson)

American Society of Civil Engineers(Environmental Water Resources Systems Committee, Chair, David Rosenberg; Excellence in Systems Analysis Teaching and Communications, Chair, David Rosenberg)

American Water Resources Association(Utah Chapter, board member, David Rosenberg)

Logan River Task Force(members: Mac McKee, David Rosenberg, Jeffery Horsburgh)

Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)(delegate, Bethany Neilson; former president, Mac McKee)

Utah Air Quality Board(member, Randy Martin)

Utah Governor's Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site Advisory Board(member, Mac McKee)

Utah State Commission for Certification for Water Treatment System Operators(member; David Stevens)

Utah State Legislature Transportation Committee(technical advisory group addressing drone-related legislation under consideration, member, Mac McKee)

Utah State University, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering—(Environmental Engineering Academic Division, head, David Stevens; Graduate Affairs Committee member, Bethany Neilson)

Utah State University, Ecology Center(associate, Bethany Neilson)

Engineers Without Borders
EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects and creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.

Water Initiative
The USU Water Initiative fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and collegial sharing of ideas related to water across the departments and colleges at USU.

Water Resources Education

Faculty within the Water Division have joint appointments with the Utah Water Research Laboratory and with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USU. The academic curriculum supporting research is one of the most comprehensive offered in the United States.

Elements of ongoing research projects are routinely and effectively incorporated into the courses offered. The program combines research, training, and experience to understand water issues and water resources management challenges in the State of Utah, the United States, and the world.

Research Centers

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