Category: Featured

Going Green at Work: Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference

Although many of us make environmentally friendly choices at home, we don’t always stop to consider the many ways we could go green in our workplace. DEQ offers you some simple tips to help make your workplace a little “greener.” Going green at work is easier than you think!

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Jordan River

Warning Advisory for HABs Issued for Jordan River and Canals

The Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) has issued a Warning Advisory for the Jordan River and its canals after samples showed levels of anatoxin-a that exceed the recreation health-based threshold. Health officials advise people to stay out of the water and keep dogs from entering or drinking river water. Toxins present at this level have not been shown to present a health threat to people kayaking or boating on the surface of the river, but recreationists are advised to avoid areas of scum.

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That “Idle-Free” Thing: Change is in the Air

Idle-Free awareness continues to grow in Utah as more cities adopt idle-free ordinances and residents change their driving habits. Kids spearheaded the Idle-Free movement, but all of us can make a difference by spreading the word and raising awareness about the benefits of being idle-free.

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Lindon Marina Closed due to Harmful Algal Bloom

The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) closed Utah Lake’s Lindon Marina today due to high cyanobacteria and toxin levels. Samples collected by the Division of Water Quality on August 14, 2018, showed cyanobacteria cell count-concentrations exceeding the recreation health-based threshold for a Danger Advisory and toxin levels for microcystin coming in just below the threshold for a Danger Advisory.

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Lincoln Marina and Lincoln Beach Closed Again due to Harmful Algal Bloom

The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) has closed Lincoln Marina and Lincoln Beach after test results showed very high cyanobacteria cell counts and high microcystin levels from a persistent harmful algal bloom that has plagued the area for much of the summer. A Warning Advisory for the rest of the lake remains in place.

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Radon Testing on Goshute Reservation Helps Improve Tribal Health

Utah DEQ teamed up with the University of Utah to test homes on the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation for a variety of environmental contaminants, including radon. When five of the 11 homes tested showed elevated levels of radon, mitigation company Radovent volunteered to install mitigation systems on two of the homes for free.

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Wildfire’s Impact on Our Environment

Widespread wildfires in summertime —and, now, even springtime—are rapidly becoming the “new normal” in the American West. Along with the destruction and loss of forest caused by blazes, there are immediate and long-term environmental impacts that dramatically affect vital resources.

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Utah Lake

Danger Advisory Lifted for Lincoln Marina

The Utah County Health Department reopened the Lincoln Marina today after test results showed cyanobacteria cell-count concentrations dropped below the threshold for a Danger Advisory. The Lincoln Marina continues to exceed recreation health-based thresholds and has been placed under a Warning Advisory.

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oil

Price River Oil Spill

A tanker truck carrying crude oil along Highway 6 rolled over on July 12, 2018, and released approximately 750-1,000 gallons of crude oil into the Price River. The Department of Environmental Quality joined emergency personnel at the scene to contain the spill and protect water quality in the Price River.

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