Category: State of the Environment Report

Executive Director Message
2017 State of the Environment Report

I’m convinced people can only be truly happy when they are progressing, reaching new heights in performance and character. Growth and improvement build confidence, increase capacity to meaningfully contribute, and give life purpose. Progress is inherently rewarding. The same principle applies to organizations. In a time of rapid change, only those organizations that adapt—that creatively …

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Executive Director Message
2016 State of the Environment Report

Successful organizations operate upon bedrock values that define who they are and guide their decisions and actions. These values are aspirational, inspiring high standards and best efforts. They provide clarity by aligning all in the organization toward common objectives. They help members of an organization make consistent and principled decisions. Core values should be so …

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Air Quality
2016 State of the Environment Report

Utah continues to make significant progress toward 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. Air Quality Research Projects Legislative funding …

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Drinking Water
2016 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Drinking Water (DDW) is responsible for implementing programs that ensure safe and reliable drinking water throughout the state. Programs include: Source protection for drinking water supplies Financial assistance for construction or upgrades to water systems Engineering plan review Implementation of EPA water quality and monitoring requirements Community assistance with contamination issues Site …

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Environmental Response & Remediation
2016 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) is committed to cleaning up properties to protect human health and the environment, ensuring that underground storage tanks are used properly, delivering exceptional customer service, and forming collaborative partnerships with businesses and stakeholders. Program objectives include: Assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties to protect human health and …

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Waste Management & Radiation Control
2016 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (DWMRC) helps businesses and residents handle waste properly and plays a critical role in safeguarding Utah residents from harmful exposure to radiation. In 2016, WMRC accomplished these objectives through: Permitting and compliance for hazardous and solid waste storage, treatment, and disposal facilities Oversight of facilities performing corrective …

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Water Quality
2016 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) protects surface and ground water through programs designed to protect, maintain, and enhance the quality of Utah’s waters. DWQ issues permits for point discharges into waters of the state, works with stakeholders to reduce nonpoint pollution from agricultural operations and residential runoff, and uses scientific data to develop strategies …

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