Category: Water Quality

Great Salt Lake Advisory Council Activities

Conservation Impacts Study To inform future water resource planning decisions that may affect Great Salt Lake, the Conservation Impact Study examines the potential impacts of water conservation on water resource planning and develops an action plan of additional studies needed to assist policy makers in more completely understanding the role of conservation in future water …

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Annual Reports Great Salt Lake Advisory Council

As instructed by House Bill 343, the Council reports annually to the Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee and advises the Governor, the Utah Department of Natural Resources, and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality on the sustainable use, protection and development of the Great Salt Lake. 10th Annual Report to the Utah State Legislature (February 2020) …

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Archive Great Salt Lake Advisory Council

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DWQ's Ben Brown sampling the San Juan River.

A Look Back: On the Scene after the Gold King Mine Spill

By Christine Osborne This week, we take a look back at DEQ’s response to the Gold King Mine release two years ago. On August 5, 2015, EPA contractors were clearing debris from the opening of the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, when the blockage gave way, releasing three million gallons of acid mine drainage into …

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DEQ Monitoring Program Targets E. coli in Utah Waters

By DEQ Communications Office Escherichia coli (E.coli) have been in the news a lot lately. The outbreak in Hildale that claimed the lives of two children, a recent health advisory at Utah Lake’s Sandy Beach, and a boil water order in Lindon City last winter — all attributed to E. coli contamination. And while most …

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Water Quality Board Sudweeks Award

Each year, the Utah Water Quality Board considers recommendations for presentation of the Sudweeks Award. The individuals are recognized for contributions to Water Quality using the following criteria: The recipient has shown leadership and achievement in the field of water pollution control and/or water quality improvement in the State of Utah. These achievements have been …

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Water Quality Board Meetings

Board Meeting Schedule: 2020 Questions about the Water Quality Board meetings may be directed to Brenda Johnson (801) 536-4329 Next Meeting October 28, 2020–8:30 a.m. on Adobe Connect Agenda (252 KB) Packet (9 MB) Electronic Meetings Notice (428 KB) Public Hearing Recording October 21, 2020–6:00 pm Join the Adobe Connect Meeting Conference Number(s): Toll Free: …

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Water Quality Board Members

As a result of legislation passed during the 2012 General Session of the Utah Legislature, changes were made to the make-up of the Utah Water Quality Board (Title 19, Chapter 5, Section 103). These changes may be found on the Legislatures site. These changes took effect on March 1, 2013. Concerns or comments about the …

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Water Quality Board

Mission The Utah Water Quality Board guides the development of water quality policy and regulations within the state. Members The Water Quality Board is appointed by the governor, with the consent of the senate. The Utah Division of Water Quality is the administrative arm of the board. The board’s makeup is defined by statute in …

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Utah Poison Control Tackles Toxins during 2016 Algal Blooms

By Barbara Crouch, Guest Blogger DEQ invites guest bloggers to share their thoughts on issues that impact our environment. We appreciate their insights and the opportunity to broaden the conversation with others in the community. Most people think of the Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) as the go-to resource if their child/grandchild puts something in …

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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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Willard Spur: Resolving Conflict through Collaboration

By Jeff Ostermiller Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep my inner cynic in check. This is particularly true during presidential elections, when the divisive nature of our political system makes compromise among differing viewpoints seem impossible. In contrast to presidential politics, our collaboration on Willard Spur embraced divergent views to help find solutions to …

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WaterGirls: Science, Nature, and Inspiration!

By Maura Hahnenberger, Guest Blogger DEQ invites guest bloggers to share their thoughts on issues that impact our environment. We appreciate their insights and the opportunity to broaden the conversation with others in the community. Growing up, both my parents were educators. So with summers off, we would go on long road trips across the …

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Watershed Symposium: Nine years and counting!

By Lynn Berni, Guest Blogger DEQ invites guest bloggers to share their thoughts on issues that impact our environment. We appreciate their insights and the opportunity to broaden the conversation with others in the community. The Salt Lake County Watershed Planning and Restoration Program hosted its 9th annual Watershed Symposium on November 18 and 19, …

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Water Quality: Helping Communities Protect Their Water Quality

By Lisa Nelson, P.E. On September 23, 2015, on a beautiful sunny day in the mountains of Summit County, members of Utah’s Water Quality Board, along with Trever Johnson and Duane Schmidt, current and former mayors of Coalville City, gathered together with the Coalville City Council for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of …

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Water Quality: Partnership Seeks to Protect Weber River Watershed

By Kari Lundeen What is the Weber River Watershed going to look like in 5, 10, or 50 years? Will we have enough water to support booming growth while still protecting and restoring water quality and fish habitat? These are the kinds of questions I wrestle with as a watershed scientist for the Weber River …

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