Assessment Methods Updates:
Water Quality Assessment Program
November 7, 2018
DWQ is pleased to announce that the public comment period is now open for the Draft 2018/2020 303(d) Assessment Methods.
As a reminder, any concerns with the 303(d) assessment methods should be expressed during this comment period. Any changes or additions that are made in response to public comments will be documented and issued with the draft IR and 303(d) List. If during the public comment period of the draft IR there are concerns with the 303(d) assessment methods, these concerns should be raised during the next IR cycle when future calls for public comments on 303(d) assessment methods are issued.
Public Comment Period: Draft for 2018/2020 303(d) Assessment Methods
Open: November 7, 2018, to December 21, 2018
The public comment period runs from November 7, 2018, through the close of business (COB) on December 21, 2018.
During this time we are seeking input on the Draft 2018/2020 303(d) assessment methods that will be used to determine the support of designated beneficial uses of surface waters of the state for the 2018/2020 Integrated Report.
Draft 303(d) Assessment Methods
- 2018/2020 303 (d) Assessment Methods (3.41 MB)
Public Comment Submission Instructions
Thank you for your interest in submitting comments for the Draft 2018/2020 303(d) Assessment Methods. Please carefully read the information below before submitting your comments (link at bottom of page) for UDWQ review. Note that electronic comments may only be submitted through the online public comment form.
Form Organization and Submission
Commenters must first provide their contact information before advancing to a Table of Contents overview. Commenters may navigate between sections and easily locate comment fields for sections of interest. Note that each section is often broken down into more specific sub-sections, each with its own comment field. Comment fields may be populated in any order. Commenters do not need to provide commentary in all fields of their submission. Please only populate fields within sections that correspond to the subject/nature of your comment(s).
Though the public comments web platform will save your progress if cookies are enabled, there is always a risk of losing your work in the online form. Consider writing your comments in a word processing program prior to submission.
Submissions are treated as public documents
All submissions are treated as public documents and will be published on UDWQ’s Water Quality Assessment webpage. However, only commenter name will be published with the submission.
Additional submission files must be described in the ‘Additional Comments’ section or referred to by file name in one or more comment fields.
Though we welcome additional submission files, including formal comment letters, commenters must clearly articulate the relevance of uploaded files to their comment form. File names should clearly represent file content. Please restrict file formats to .pdf, .doc/docx, .txt, .xls/xlsx, .ppt/pptx, .jpg, .png, and .tiff.
Additional comment field guidelines
The character limit for each form field is 6,650 characters (~ 1.5 pages single-spaced or 960 words). When referring to a web page, please provide the full URL in the comment field.
Tips for submitting effective comments
Effective comments are the basis for improving water quality assessments. Follow the links below for public comment guidelines.
- DEQ’s recommendations for making effective public comments.
- Tips for Submitting Effective Comments from regulations.gov
Public Comment Questions
If you do not have internet access or have additional questions, contact Jodi Gardberg (801) 536-4372.
Having technical issues with the comment form?
Contact the DEQ web team at firstname.lastname@example.org (Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)