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Monitoring Plans: Water Quality

Strategic Monitoring Plan

Utah's Strategic Monitoring Plan describes the implementation and monitoring design of the monitoring objectives and activities for the next 10 years. In the 2010 Strategic Monitoring plan, the monitoring activities are planned based on a three-tiered approach. The current Strategic Monitoring Plan will be available online soon. Monitoring activities correspond to all three tiers, as outlined below.

Tier 1: Probabilistic Monitoring and Assessment

Example of Monitoring Efforts

  • National Lake Survey
  • Utah's Comprehensive Assessment of Stream Ecosystem (UCASE)

Tier 2: Targeted Monitoring and Assessment

Example of Monitoring Efforts

  • E. coli Monitoring
  • Great Salt Lake and Great Salt Lake Wetland Monitoring
  • Jordan River/Utah Lake Watershed Intensive Monitoring
  • Total Maximum Daily Load Monitoring

Tier 3: Programmatic Monitoring and Assessment

Example of Monitoring Efforts

  • Cooperative Monitoring/Utah Monitoring Council
  • Groundwater and Groundwater Permit Compliance Monitoring
  • Mercury Fish Tissue Monitoring
  • Nonpoint Source Monitoring
  • Surface Water Permitting and Compliance Monitoring
  • Underground Injection Control Program Monitoring
  • Water Quality Standards Development Monitoring
  • Watershed Protection Section's Special Project Monitoring

Visit DWQ's Databases and Information to find data collected by the monitoring program.