Utah State University http://kuer.org en How Much Water is Your Sprinkler Wasting? http://kuer.org/post/how-much-water-your-sprinkler-wasting <p></p><p>Utah is the second largest consumer of water per person in the nation, but Utah State University Extension is offering a program to help people cut down on wasted water by getting a free sprinkler check.</p><p>According to USU, about two-thirds of water in private homes is used on lawns and landscapes. 40 percent of that water is wasted, says Molly Waters, the university’s water check program manager.</p><p>“Water is wasted in the landscape through things as simple as watering too long, or too frequently, to having major breaks that you don’t know about,” Waters says.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:09:47 +0000 Andrea Smardon 45947 at http://kuer.org How Much Water is Your Sprinkler Wasting? Study Shows Indoor Air Quality Better than Outdoors http://kuer.org/post/study-shows-indoor-air-quality-better-outdoors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>When the air quality gets really bad in Utah’s valleys, residents are told to stay indoors.&nbsp; But is our indoor air really any better? &nbsp;A&nbsp;new study from Utah State University is helping to answer that question.</p><p>Environmental engineering professor Randy Martin says our indoor air is much cleaner than outdoors on cold inversion days.&nbsp; He says a lot of the hazardous PM 2.5 particles tend to evaporate in the warmer indoor environment.&nbsp; But he says we can also cause problems for ourselves inside.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:27:20 +0000 Dan Bammes 40092 at http://kuer.org Study Shows Indoor Air Quality Better than Outdoors Remembering an Old-Time Gardener http://kuer.org/post/remembering-old-time-gardener <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Will Pitkin&nbsp;taught at Utah State University for 40 years, and after his retirement, grew a garden that inspired many more people. &nbsp;He passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the age of 77. &nbsp;KUER originally aired this story in July, 2011 but we chose to broadcast it again in his memory.</strong></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:17:24 +0000 Dan Bammes 32837 at http://kuer.org Remembering an Old-Time Gardener