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Great Salt Lake Water Quality Steering Committee


The Great Salt Lake is a unique terminal lake. Adjacent to a growing metropolitan area, it is a critical ecological resource and an important recreational and mineral resource.

The 1972 Federal Clean Water Act requires states to establish water quality standards to protect the beneficial uses of water bodies. State regulations and related administrative rules can be found online. The Great Salt Lake is protected through the application of the narrative criteria clause in the state water quality standards.

Working with a stakeholder committee, DEQ’s Division of Water Quality has began working to establish numeric standards for the Great Salt Lake. The initial focus has been on selenium. Public concern over the potential of adding more selenium to the Lake as the result of the South West Jordan Valley groundwater cleanup project brought a renewed focus on the need for numeric standards. Other studies will follow.

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