Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Committee Chair(s)

David Anderson (committe chair)


David Anderson


Keith Christensen


Larry Rupp


Adrea Wheaton


In 2016, Eagle Mountain City (EMC) entered into a collaborative agreement with Utah State University Extension to complete several water conservation projects. These projects include Water Checks, landscape water conservation publications, educational programs, and a water-wise landscape design for Eagle Mountain City Hall and a nearby roundabout.

The Water Check program is sponsored by Utah State University’s (USU) Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL) and offers residential water efficiency checks to EMC residents. Data collected from the Water Check program includes lot size, square feet (sf) of turfgrass, sprinkler types, sprinkler efficiency, and existing watering schedules.

This thesis examines the data collected in the water efficiency checks to assist in the design of the low water use demonstration garden at Eagle Mountain City Hall. Significant findings in the data collection that assisted in the EMC design include the percentage of turfgrass, head type sprinkler efficiency, and scheduling data. This information was used in the EMC design to educate residents on water-wise landscaping pertinent to their locale.

The final product is an 18-page conceptual landscape plan for Eagle Mountain City Hall and the adjacent roundabout, as well as this written thesis, which explores the water audit data and discusses its application in the conceptual design. The conceptual design focuses on low water use plant design and efficient irrigation. A plant list handout was created and given to EMC for distribution at City Hall, which list consisted of an image of each plant, growth habits, hardiness zones, watering needs, and maintenance recommendations. This plant list is intended to be used by EMC residents to identify and select plants for their own homes.