Deer Creek Reservoir Research Team

Brigham Young University
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Deer Creek reservoir is located 13 miles northeast of Provo and 7 miles southwest of Heber, Utah. This reservoir is used to provide drinking and irrigation water to the residents of Utah and Salt Lake Counties. Deer Creek reservoir is one of the most popular recreational areas for camping, swimming, fishing, boating and other aquatic activities in Utah. Because of its proximity to Brigham Young University (BYU), the reservoir is an excellent location for field research. BYU students have collected water-quality samples during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months from 2008 into 2012. The research team is working on generating a model of the reservoir using a hydrodynamic model known as CE-QUAL-W2 to study nutrient and algal processes. Additionally, Deer Creek reservoir inflow is largely governed by the operations of Jordanelle Dam, providing excellent flow records and the ability to develop field experiments that require prior inflows records. Furthermore, Deer Creek is the primary water supply for Utah County and addressing water-quality problems at Deer Creek provide a significant benefit to the region. The reservoir is primarily managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD).

The research team implemented the Hydrologic Information System (HIS) developed by CUAHSI as a method to store, publish, visualize, and retrieve the water-quality data collected for Deer Creek. This allows others to access and benefit from the work that has been done. The collected data can be retrieved and downloaded from HydroDesktop software. Hydrodesktop is the primary tool in the HIS project and can be downloaded for free here. Select the BYU-HIS tab above to see instruction on how to access BYU-HIS database using HydroDeskop.

Deer Creek Reservoir, Provo, Utah 

Brigham Young University
368 Clyde Building
Provo, UT 84606

This webpage is maintained by BYU students involved in the Deer Creek Reservoir Research Team. The material present herein are work of the student(s) and doesn't necessary reflect the views of Brigham Young University.
Last updated on: April 23, 2012