Utah State University’s Center for Water Efficient Landscaping received an Award of Excellence from the Western Extension Directors Association earlier this month for their innovative work in water conservation.
The annual award recognizes extension outreach education programs that address current societal issues in the 13 Western states and Pacific Island U.S. Territories in an especially impactful way.
USU-CWEL focuses on improving landscape irrigation efficiency in Utah by promoting landscape water conservation and research-based landscape management practices.
Members of the extension group recently introduced a new landscape water management software, WaterMAPS, which can be used to inform individuals about the appropriateness of their water consumption. With 65 percent of Utah's municipal water being used for landscape irrigation, this tool and other conservation efforts made by the USU-CWEL have great opportunity for impact.
The USU-CWEL team members who received the award include Kelly Kopp, Joanna Endter-Wada, Paul Johnson, Roger Kjelgren and Larry Rupp.