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Great Salt Lake Water Quality
Administered by the Utah Division of Water Quality.
In April 2012, the Utah Division of Water Quality (UDWQ) launched the Great Salt Lake Water Quality Strategy (hereafter, "the Strategy") as a comprehensive approach for protecting the water quality of Great Salt Lake and its surrounding wetlands. The strategy was designed to fill critical knowledge gaps, improve the precision and clarity of UDWQ's management decisions, reduce regulatory uncertainty and improve all partners' capacity to be stewards of Great Salt Lake water quality. When launched, the draft Strategy was composed of 5 interrelated but independent Core Components: 1) Development of Numeric Criteria, 2) Strategic Monitoring and Research, 3) Wetland Program Plan, 4) Public Outreach, and 5) Resource Plan. In response to the request for public input, UDWQ received 200 substantive public comments from the following stakeholders:
- Joe Beaman
US Environmental Protection Agency, ERAB
- Thomas Bosteels
Utah Artemia Association
- Owen Ken Covey
- Carleton DeTar
Citizen and Lifelong Amateur Naturalist
- Rob Duboc
Western Resource Advocates, on Behalf of Friends of Great Salt Lake
- Theron Miller
Farmington Bay and Jordan River Water Quality Council
- Leland Myers
Central Davis Sewer District
- Kelly Payne
Rio Tinto/Kennecott Utah Copper
- Jeff Salt
Great Salt Lakekeeper
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- Thomas Ward
Salt Lake City Corporation
UDWQ has worked for the last two years to revise and improve the Strategy in response to public input. See UDWQ's written response to the public comments received for the 2012 Strategy documents.
In September, 2014, UDWQ is releasing a Great Salt Lake Water Quality Strategy that was revised in response to stakeholder concerns, incorporates new data and information and includes new core components.
- Overview: A Great Salt Lake Water Quality Strategy
- Core Component 1: Developing Aquatic Life Numeric Criteria for Priority Pollutants
- Core Component 2: Strategic Monitoring and Research
For more information please contact Jodi Gardberg, (801) 536-4372.