Category: Wetlands Program

Water Quality Management Strategy for Wetlands: Wetlands Program

The wetlands surrounding the Great Salt Lake are internationally important in providing habitat used by millions of birds. Historically, Utah’s Division of Water Quality (DWQ) has protected some of these wetlands through its water quality standards program. It has become increasingly apparent that a new management approach within that program is needed if the aquatic …

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Wetland Water Quality Standards CAP Workshops: Wetlands Program

The Utah Division of Water Quality held two Conservation Action Planning (CAP) workshops in March and May 2018 to work on the development of water quality standards for Great Salt Lake wetlands. CAP workshops were held to get input from local experts on the important ecological attributes of Utah’s wetlands, threats to those wetlands, and …

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Utah’s Wetland Program Plan

The Wetland Program Plan (WPP) was prepared for the EPA Region 8 Wetlands Program through collaboration between DWQ and the Utah Geological Survey (UGS).  The current WPP describes how DWQ and UGS wetland-related efforts support the development of a successful wetlands program for Utah for 2018-2022. The overall goal of Utah’s WPP is to increase …

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Wetland Program Partners

The Utah Division of Water Quality (UDWQ) Wetland Program is currently focused on developing appropriate wetland specific beneficial uses and criteria for wetlands in the state of Utah and testing biological assessment methods for Great Salt Lake wetlands. The Wetland Program collaborates with many others within and outside UDWQ. Becka Downard (801) 536-4340 UDWQ Wetland …

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Wetland Monitoring and Assessment: Wetlands Program

Assessment Tools for GSL Wetlands Developing methods for assessing the state of Utah’s wetlands has focused on those of Great Salt Lake, which account for approximately 75% of Utah’s total wetland area. To date, probabilistic surveys of two classes of GSL wetlands – impounded and fringe complex wetlands – have been conducted. Survey Report: Impounded …

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Wetlands Program

The Utah Division of Water Quality’s (DWQ) mission is to protect, maintain and enhance the quality of Utah’s surface and underground waters for appropriate beneficial uses; and protect the public health through eliminating and preventing water-related health hazards which can occur as a result of improper disposal of human, animal or industrial wastes while giving …

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