Utah groups receive $20M grant to manage water

Published 07/23 2012 10:17AM

Updated 07/23 2012 10:22AM

Snowpack runoff
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The National Science Foundation has awarded Utah universities and related groups a $20 million grant to help manage and protect the state's water.

State officials say the award creates a group to explore how population growth, changing climate and land use affect the state's water sustainability. It will include researchers from Utah State, the University of Utah, Brigham Young and two dozen other institutions, as well as government agencies and industry representatives.

Officials say the project will focus on how changing mountain snowpack affects water supplies for the state's growing communities. It will look specifically at watershed, infrastructure and technology.

Planned project facilities include a research site featuring controlled experimental gardens to test engineering innovations. Utah's natural watersheds will serve as living labs with on-site observatories along the Wasatch Front.

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