Category: State of the Environment Report

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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Groundwater Protection
2018 State of the Environment Report (WQ)

The Groundwater Protection Section administers two primary programs to protect the quality of Utah’s groundwater resources: Federal Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program State Groundwater Quality Protection Program The UIC Program protects underground sources of drinking water by reviewing and approving numerous small-scale injection activities such as stormwater dry wells, groundwater remediation wells, and domestic underground …

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Storm Water Management
2018 State of the Environment Report (WQ)

Rapid growth in Utah has led to increased urbanization and the conversion of undeveloped land to impervious surfaces such as roads, parking lots, rooftops, and driveways. This change in land use has resulted in an increase in the volume of stormwater runoff. Rainwater and snowmelt water used to percolate into the soil. Now, it runs …

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Spill Response
2018 State of the Environment Report (WQ)

The frequency of oil and chemical spills in Utah waters has increased in recent years. DWQ responded by identifying effective and efficient ways to respond to spills and improve coordination with other agencies. The 2014 Spills Kaizen helped the division pinpoint the areas where it could improve its process and streamline its spills response, including the hiring …

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Great Salt Lake
2018 State of the Environment Report (WQ)

The Great Salt Lake provides a unique ecosystem found nowhere else in the United States. It is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere, and one of a handful of terminal lakes in the world. The lake boasts a rich ecosystem that supports a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic life and serves as …

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Utah Lake Study
2018 State of the Environment Report (WQ)

Utah Lake is one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in the western United States. Snowpack runoff from the Wasatch Mountains and water from numerous small tributaries are the primary sources for water to the lake. Primary inflows include the American Fork River, the Provo River, Mill Race Creek, Hobble Creek, the Spanish Fork River, …

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Water Quality Funding
2018 State of the Environment Report (WQ)

Water-quality improvements can carry significant costs, which is why DWQ provides low-cost and no-cost funding for wastewater infrastructure and water-quality projects in the state. The Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) receives, on average, a combined $8 million each year from state and federal funding, with an additional $15 million, on average, from loan …

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