Category: Watershed Monitoring Program

Stakeholders and the Watershed Approach:
Watershed Management Program

Who are Stakeholders? Simply put, stakeholders are people who have a stake, or interest, in what occurs in their area. Ultimately this includes all of us depending on where we live, work, and play. The key difference between a stakeholder and the average citizen is that stakeholders take an active role by participating in watershed …

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Planning:
Watershed Management Program

Watershed planning efforts all share a few common traits Inclusiveness and Coordination Watershed Framework Desire to Preserve and/or Improve the Quality of Life and the Environment Long Term Commitment Development of a Watershed Plan Watershed Plan A watershed plan is a document developed by the watershed planning group that includes: Characterization of the watershed (total …

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Monitoring and Assessment:
Watershed Management Program

The Division of Water Quality regularly monitors and assesses our streams and lakes to ensure their designated beneficial uses are supported. Beneficial uses include drinking water, recreation (swimming and boating), aquatic wildlife, and agricultural use (irrigation and stock watering). For more information on please refer to State of Utah’s 305b Report to Congress, individual watershed …

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Coordination:
Watershed Management Program

The Division of Water Quality is committed to coordinating watershed restoration efforts with stakeholders and other agencies. Utah Watershed Coordination Council The Utah Watershed Coordination Council, made up of local watershed committee chairpersons and their staff, meet on a quarterly basis to learn about funding sources and training opportunities. An open forum is also provided …

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Approved TMDLs:
Watershed Management Program

  Menu Additional Information Draft TMDLs for Public Comment In-Progress TMDL Studies Other Water Quality Studies Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) Bear River (Lower) (4 MB) Bear River (Including Spring Creek (Lewiston), Cub River, Logan River, and High Creek) (206 KB) Bear River (Upper, Including Saleratus Creek) Beaver River Watershed (Beaver River, Minersville Reservoir, Puffer Lake, …

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Jordan River Dissolved Oxygen TMDL:
Watershed Management Program

Jump to: Documents Technical Advisory Committee Contact Thank you for your interest in the Jordan River TMDL process. This page is designed to keep the Salt Lake Valley community better informed about what is going on with the Jordan River. Please refer back frequently, as we will continue to keep this page updated with the …

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Watershed Management Program

Utah’s Watershed Management Program is focused on protecting and restoring the water quality of our streams, lakes and ground water resources by employing the following key elements: Stewardship, Monitoring and Assessment, Coordination and Watershed Planning.

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EPA Multi-State Monitoring

EPA and the states and tribes in the watershed have worked together to identify watershed-wide and state- and tribe-specific priorities to supplement previous and ongoing monitoring and assessment activities, enhance understanding of the condition of the San Juan watershed, and identify future opportunities for improving watershed protection. The 2017 WIIN Act appropriation ensures that EPA, …

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Suspended Sediments

The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) is working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to monitor suspended sediment concentration (SSC) in the San Juan River using acoustic Doppler velocity meters (ADVM). This is a 10-year project that began in 2018 and will take place at a single site on the San Juan River near Mexican …

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Mining Inventory and Source Identification

Coming Soon The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) is working with the University of Utah to conduct a mining inventory and source identification study in the San Juan River watershed. The primary objective of this study is to differentiate mining and non-mining sources of contaminants in the tributaries of the San Juan River while also …

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Lake Powell Coring Project

USGS Photo Gallery USGS Overview Documents Read the News Release (291 KB) (November 15, 2018) Sediment deposits accumulated in the San Juan River and Colorado River deltas of Lake Powell since completion of Glen Canyon Dam are known to contain mining-related sediment from the Upper Colorado River basin. Of particular interest are heavy metals from …

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Human Health and Ecological Risks

The Utah Division of Water Quality (DWQ) contracted with Tetra Tech to conduct human-health and ecological risk assessments in the San Juan River and Lake Powell to determine impacts from the Gold King Mine spill. The assessments were completed in 2018 and serve as a screening exercise to conservatively estimate potential risks to both humans …

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Analysis of Water Quality and Sediments

Documents Water Quality and Sediment Analysis Report (73.71 MB) Water Quality and Sediment Analysis Report Appendices (147.15 MB) Water Quality and Sediment Analysis Fact Sheet (2.67 MB) After the Gold King Mine spill in 2015, the Utah Division of Water Quality (DWQ) collected data in the San Juan River Watershed and Lake Powell System to determine if …

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Watershed Basics

A watershed is a geographic area that drains into a common body of water such as a stream, lake or river. Its boundary will more or less follow the highest ridgeline around the stream channels and meet at the bottom or lowest point of the land where the water flows out of the watershed. Much …

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