Category: Great Salt Lake

Great Salt Lake Studies

Mercury in the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Assessment of Mercury in the Great Salt Lake, Utah 2008 (2 MB) Great Salt Lake Water Quality Paleolimnological Study Effects of Wastewater Influx and Hydrologic Modification on Algal Production in the Great Salt Lake of Utah by Peter Leavitt, Lynda Bunting, Katrina Moser, and Craig Woodward. 2012 (671KB) …

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Great Salt Lake Wetlands

Great Salt Lake supports a wide variety of wetland habitats occurring as both fringe wetlands along the shore and as impounded wetlands within embankments adjacent to the lake. Wetlands around Great Salt Lake cover approximately 360,000 acres, accounting for approximately 80% of Utah’s wetland areas. These wetlands support migrating and breeding birds and other wildlife …

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Railroad Causeway

Background The twenty-mile Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) causeway across the Great Salt Lake separates the lake into a North Arm and South Arm of different salinities. Between 2011 and 2013, UPRR applied for and received a federal Clean Water Act Section 404 permit from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) to close two …

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Egg Monitoring:
Selenium Program

Summary of Utah Division of Water Quality 2010 Great Salt Lake Shorebird Egg Monitoring: Selenium Concentrations and Embryo Abnormalities In March 2010, the Division of Water Quality (DWQ) contracted with Dr. John Cavitt, from the Avian Ecology Laboratory at Weber State University, to collect and analyze shorebird eggs for selenium. The eggs were collected as …

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Great Salt Lake Monitoring Program

Routine water-quality data collection helps the Division of Water Quality (DWQ) take appropriate actions to protect Great Salt Lake’s (GSL) beneficial uses. DWQ’s GSL monitoring program is designed to detect potential changes in water quality conditions, support the development of numeric and narrative water quality standards, guide discharge permitting decisions, and assess beneficial use attainment …

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Great Salt Lake Discharge Permitting Program

General Permitting Program The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) requires and issues Utah Pollution Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) permits to all entities that discharge pollutants from a point source to waters of the state, including discharges of domestic and industrial wastewater along with more diffuse sources like stormwater. For domestic and industrial dischargers, these permits …

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Great Salt Lake

Learn about Water Quality’s Great Salt Lake strategy, standards, permitting, and monitoring.

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