Kelly Kopp is a co-leader for the Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape CoP. She is also an Associate Professor of Plants, Soils and Climate at Utah State University in Logan, UT. Dr. Kopp’s efforts are focused in two areas: 1) ornamental landscape water conservation and 2) turfgrass water and nutrient use efficiency.
Education and support of extension clientele groups in achieving ornamental landscape water conservation is critical to ensure adequate water supplies for the future while maintaining the quality of life that Americans enjoy. Dr. Kopp’s ornamental landscape water conservation program includes the development of educational materials, classes and programs, as well as the management of a long-term landscape irrigation system evaluation project in cooperation with the state of Utah’s Slow the Flow™ campaign.
Additional efforts are focused on applied turf grass research with the goal of managing turfgrasses more efficiently, so that water and nutrients may be conserved. In concert with this research, Dr. Kopp’s extension turfgrass management efforts include the development of educational materials, classes, as well as the quarterly publication of the Turfgrass Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisory, which is distributed by listserv by more than 4000 turfgrass managers in the Intermountain West region.