Category: Water Quality

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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Water Quality: Sampling Confirms Toxic Bloom

By Hilary Arens If you’ve ever recreated at one of Utah’s lakes or reservoirs during the late summer or early fall, you’ve probably seen areas where greenish scum was floating on the water or collecting on the shore. What you probably didn’t know was that this bright-green water is a sign of an algal bloom. …

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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 Spills

This is a timeline of significant events associated with the two recent Chevron oil spills in the Red Butte area. First Oil Spill: June 12, 2010 June 1, 2011 Water Chemistry Data (162 KB) April 6, 2011 Macroinvertebrate Data (17 KB) March 17, 2011 DWQ’s Responses to Chevron’s Notice of Violation Responses to First and …

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Monitoring Maps and Locations:
Red Butte Creek Oil Spill

Monitoring Maps Jordan River Small Overview (264 KB) Jordan River Panel 1 North (458 KB) Jordan River Panel 1 South (465 KB) Jordan River Panel 2 North (337 KB) Jordan River Panel 2 South (359 KB) Red Butte Creek Small Overview (172 KB) Red Butte Creek Northeast Panel (359 KB) Red Butte Creek Southwest Panel …

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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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