Strategic Planning

From the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s inception in 1991, strategic planning has always been part of the management decision-making process. Annual planning retreats are held each spring by the individual divisions and by the department as a whole. Internal and external assessments are made; issues are identified; and goals, objectives, and strategies are developed and implemented. These retreats are all part of an annual planning process inherent in the department’s own management system and includes the department’s mission, vision, values.

In addition, the Department of Environmental Quality participates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and with Utah’s 13 local health departments via partnership efforts to implement the plans and achieve desired work objectives. These working partnerships include the National Environmental Performance Partnership System (NEPPS) with EPA, the development of an Environmental Service Delivery Plan with the local health departments.

EPA Partnership Planning

In May, 1995 the Environmental Council of States and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a “Joint Commitment to Reform Oversight and Create a National Environmental Performance Partnership System,” or NEPPS as it is often called.

NEPPS is designed to promote a better working partnership between state environmental agencies and the EPA. It provides for Performance Partnership Agreements (PPAs) that are based on joint planning and priority-setting and emphasize environmental results and Performance Partnership Grants (PPGs) that allow states the flexibility to combine two or more environmental program grants into a single PPG.

Utah Quality Management Plan (QMP)

Utah Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) by Program


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