Utah Water Research Laboratory: Celebrating 50 Years

The UWRL is celebrating the Year of Water 2015 by looking back at the 50 Years gone by since our building was dedicated and looking forward to anticipate the water resources management needs of the future.

Irrigation and Water Management in Iraq

Impacts of Utah Groundwater Management

Vaughn E. Hansen 1st UWRL Director

On July 12, 1964, the USU Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Vaughn E. Hansen as the first Director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory.

UWRL Building Dedication

On December 6-7, 1965 numerous professional and government dignitaries, including Governor George Dewey Clyde, along with USU personnel and many others, gathered to celebrate the completion of the new Utah Water Research Laboratory building.

Groundbreaking for UWRL

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in November 1963, and the building of the Utah “hydraulics” laboratory began.

Logan's 'First Dam' Constructed

First Dam, built between 1911 and 1914, retains water from the Logan River as it emerges from the mouth of Logan Canyon. This dam is owned by Utah State University and currently provides electrical power worth approximately $100,000.

Founding of Agricultural College of Utah

In 1888, the Agricultural College of Utah was founded as the state’s land-grant institution.

First Research at the UWRL Site

The first research at the future UWRL site was conducted by Cy Lauritzen in 1957. He installed a pipe outlet to bring water from First Dam and conducted experiments on the hydraulics of flexible tubing.

Jay M. Bagley 2nd Director

L. Douglas James 3rd Director

On July 1, 1976 L. Douglas James become the UWRL's 3rd director.

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