Category: Water Quality

Mercury in Fish: When Catch-and-Release Is Good for You

 By Amy Dickey Summertime in Utah means hiking, biking, barbecues, fireworks and…fishing! Warm summer days mean more folks are out fishing at Utah’s blue-ribbon streams, high-alpine lakes, reservoirs and urban ponds. Many anglers eat what they catch, which is a good thing, since fish provides important vitamins, minerals and Omega-3 fatty acids that people need …

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Water Quality: Holding the line on Nutrient Pollution

By John Mackey So what is it about nutrients in our water that’s such a big deal? The waters I recreate in aren’t green and soupy; in fact, they look pretty good and have plenty of fish. If I opened the tap and my water was cloudy or had a peculiar smell, I would be …

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Nutrient Pollution

By Paul Krauth Typically, DEQ is at the forefront of efforts to make Utah more “green,” but when it comes to our state waters, being green isn’t good. That’s why we are proposing a new rule to limit the amount of phosphorus that wastewater plants can put into our waterways. Two pollutants that are really stressing …

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Willard Bay Diesel Fuel Spill

By John Whitehead The Willard Bay Diesel Fuel Spill in March 2013, was certainly not a welcome event for anybody—not for Chevron, not for DEQ, and certainly not for Willard Bay State Park, the folks who recreate there, and the animal and plant life that call the reservoir “home.” The cleanup was essentially complete in …

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Spills Response: Because Oil and Water Shouldn’t Mix

By Walt Baker The one-year anniversary of the Willard Bay diesel spill last month was a sobering reminder of the environmental damage our waterways suffer when oil or chemicals spill into our lakes and streams. While the “hero beavers” did their part to help save the day last year, the folks in our division were …

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Timeline: Red Butte Creek Oil Spill

Links Red Butte Creek Home Updates (detailed) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Monitoring Maps and Locations Mitigation Funds Awarded Spill Analytical Results Timeline Water Chemistry Water, Sediment, and Macroinvertebrate Sampling Results and Summaries This is a timeline of significant events associated with the two recent Chevron oil spills in the Red Butte area. First Oil Spill: …

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Red Butte Creek Oil Spill Updates

Links Red Butte Creek Home Updates (detailed) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Monitoring Maps and Locations Mitigation Funds Awarded Spill Analytical Results Timeline Water Chemistry Water, Sediment, and Macroinvertebrate Sampling Results and Summaries Update June 8, 2011: One Year Later June 12, 2011 marks one year since the first Red Butte Creek Oil Spill. Phase 1 …

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Monitoring Maps and Locations:
Red Butte Creek Oil Spill

Monitoring Locations jump to: 300 North at Jordan River (4991900) 800 South 1050 West (Indiana Avenue) (4992050) 900 South at Jordan River Storm Drain (4992057) 1100 East Red Butte Crossing (4992083) 1300 South 900 West (Storm Drain) (4992070) 1700 South at Jordan River (4992290) 1800 North at Jordan River (4991860) 1800 North Cudahy Lane at …

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Mitigation Funds Awarded:
Red Butte Creek Oil Spill

Fourteen projects have been selected to receive full or partial funding for
waterway enhancements on Red Butte Creek and downstream waters. The $3 million in funding
for the projects comes as part of a November 2011 settlement agreement with Chevron Pipe Line
Company, which released crude oil and condensate into Red Butte Creek during June and
December of 2010.

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