Category: State of the Environment Report

Waste Management and Radiation Control
2020 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (DWMRC) works continuously to ensure the proper management of solid and hazardous waste, guarantees the safe management of radioactive materials, provides education and outreach, and promotes recycling efforts. DWMRC works closely with facilities to clean up waste-contaminated areas and establishes permit and licensing conditions that ensure that …

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Environmental Response and Remediation
2020 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) protects public health and the environment by cleaning up chemically contaminated sites, ensuring that underground storage tanks are properly managed, and making important chemical usage and emission data available to local response agencies and the public. DERR’s programs provide a wide variety of cleanup and environmental response …

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Air Quality
2020 State of the Environment Report

Utah continues to make significant progress towards understanding and addressing the causes of seasonal air pollution. Increased public awareness and legislative funding for research have provided important support for the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) in its ongoing efforts to reduce pollution, improve air quality, and protect public health. DAQ works to ensure that the …

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Drinking Water
2020 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Drinking Water (DDW) protects drinking water by supporting the safe design and operation of Utah’s public drinking water systems. Its goal is to provide safe drinking water at every tap in every building in Utah. The Division does this by working cooperatively with drinking water professionals and the public to ensure a …

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Water Quality
2020 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) safeguards Utah’s surface and groundwater through programs designed to protect, maintain, and enhance the quality of Utah’s waters. To ensure that the state’s waters meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act and Utah Water Quality Act, DWQ: Develops water-quality standards. Issues discharge permits, inspects facilities, and enforces compliance …

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2020 State of the Environment

Executive Director Message
2020 State of the Environment Report

At the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) our job is to improve the lives of all Utahns — from the Beehive State’s rural backbone to its heart along the Wasatch Front. The State of the Environment report is our annual opportunity to showcase some of DEQ’s many successes. In this report, you will learn …

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Water Quality
2019 State of the Environment Report

Jump to: Water Infrastructure Investments Monitoring and Assessment Nonpoint Source Pollution Program Permitting Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) protects surface and groundwater through programs designed to protect, maintain, and enhance the quality of Utah’s waters. To ensure that the state’s waters meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act and …

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Drinking Water
2019 State of the Environment Report

Jump to: Drinking Water Populations Water Infrastructure Funding The Division of Drinking Water (DDW) protects drinking water by supporting the safe design and operation of Utah’s public drinking water systems. Its goal is to provide safe drinking water at every tap in every building in Utah. The Division does this by working cooperatively with drinking …

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Air Quality
2019 State of the Environment Report

Jump to: Compliance Permitting Planning The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) works to ensure that the air in Utah meets health and visibility standards established under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA). DAQ ensures the state’s compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and visibility standards at its national parks, enacts rules pertaining …

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Environmental Response and Remediation
2019 State of the Environment Report

Brownfields Underground Storage Tanks The Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) protects public health and the environment by cleaning up chemically contaminated sites, ensuring that underground storage tanks are properly managed, and making important chemical usage and emission data available to local response agencies and the public. DERR’s programs provide a wide variety of …

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Waste Management and Radiation Control
2019 State of the Environment Report

Jump to: Hazardous Waste Program Solid Waste Program Radiation Program Corrective Action Measures The Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (DWMRC) works continuously to ensure the proper management of solid and hazardous waste, guarantee the safe management of radioactive materials, provide education and outreach, and promote recycling efforts. DWMRC works closely with facilities to …

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Continuous Improvement/SUCCESS Framework
2018 State of the Environment Report (WQ)

DWQ is committed to continuous improvement to increase performance and implement innovations that advance quality, efficiency, and effectiveness. The division has expanded the SUCCESS Framework process from the management to the staff level to generate more improvement ideas and opportunities. Paperless MWPP surveys The Municipal Wastewater Planning Program (MWPP) uses an annual survey to collect …

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Nonpoint Source Projects
2018 State of the Environment Report (WQ)

Nonpoint-source (NPS) pollution can come from a number of sources, including streets, parking lots, agricultural lands, and construction sites. NPS pollution can include: Excess fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides from agricultural lands Sediment from erosion or construction activities Bacteria and nutrients from livestock, pets, and septic systems The NPS program provides funding to improve the water …

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Monitoring
2018 State of the Environment Report (WQ)

Under the Clean Water Act, DWQ is required to protect the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of state waters. The Monitoring Section monitors all surface waters, including lakes and reservoirs, streams (wadeable and non-wadeable), wetlands, and some groundwater to assess the quality of these water resources so DWQ can protect them for their beneficial uses, …

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