Category: Boards

Willard Spur: Resolving Conflict through Collaboration

By Jeff Ostermiller Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep my inner cynic in check. This is particularly true during presidential elections, when the divisive nature of our political system makes compromise among differing viewpoints seem impossible. In contrast to presidential politics, our collaboration on Willard Spur embraced divergent views to help find solutions to …

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Water Quality: Helping Communities Protect Their Water Quality

By Lisa Nelson, P.E. On September 23, 2015, on a beautiful sunny day in the mountains of Summit County, members of Utah’s Water Quality Board, along with Trever Johnson and Duane Schmidt, current and former mayors of Coalville City, gathered together with the Coalville City Council for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of …

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Drinking Water: DEQ Funding Keeps Water Safe to Drink

By Michael Grange Safe, clean drinking water. Something everyone wants, but something that may not happen all on its own. There are times when Mother Nature needs a helping hand. The cities of Magna, Woods Cross, and Gunnison have experienced this firsthand. In each case, the contamination was identified in the drinking water source, and …

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Air Quality: Utah Clears the Skies over National Parks

By Colleen Delaney Utah has some of the most spectacular scenery in the West, particularly in our state’s five national parks. But hazy skies can spoil the experience, and the pollution that creates this haze can also harm human health. Thanks to over 20 years of collaborative work with regional stakeholders, Utah has significantly reduced …

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Air Quality: Confessions of an Ex-Wood Burner

By Donna Spangler I’ll admit there was a time when I enjoyed curling up on my comfy couch with a crackling blaze burning in our wood-burning stove. That was 10 years ago, when my husband and I bought a historic house that featured a family room with a wood-burning stove. We enjoyed the evenings we …

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