Utah’s lakes, rivers, and streams provide residents and visitors with world-class recreational opportunities. The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) monitors the water quality of the state’s waterbodies to protect public health and recreational water resources.
DWQ’s POWR Program (Protecting Outdoor Water Recreation with Environmental Data) monitors and tests Utah’s waters for harmful algal blooms (HABs) and waterborne pathogens. Sampling data collected through the program help safeguard the public from recreational water illnesses and toxin exposure. Local health departments (LHDs) use these data and DWQ’s science-based guidance on recreational health thresholds when determining whether to issue a health advisory.