Tag: Christine Osborne

  • #NoMowDays and Other Ways to Trim Your Grass and Your Emissions

    Utah’s ozone and wildfires making it hard to breathe? Try #NoMowDays, switch to electric, upgrade your gas can, and mow later in the day for better air. Utah DEQ has some important tips that can help you reduce your emissions from an unlikely source–your gas-powered lawn mower.

  • Fireworks, Air Quality, and Wildfires, Oh My!

    Fireworks are beautiful, but they also produce high concentrations of smoke and particulates (PM) that can harm our air quality and cause wildfires.

  • Protect Your Dog From Harmful Algal Blooms

    Harmful algal blooms can be deadly for dogs. Knowing what to look for on the water and how to protect your pet will help ensure a fun summer.

  • E. coli in Utah Waters: How to Recreate Safely this Summer

    The Utah Department of Environmental Quality wants to ensure water is safe across the state. That’s why DEQ’s Division of Water Quality and local health departments work together to monitor waterbodies for E. coli contamination.

  • Wood-Burning Restrictions Go into Effect November 1

    The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) reminds residents that wood-burning restrictions go into effect November 1, 2018, and urges Utahns to use online and mobile tools to monitor daily PM2.5 levels.

  • The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI): What It Means, How It’s Used

    By Christine Osborne The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) is a public database that chronicles toxic chemical releases, transfers, waste management, and pollution-prevention activities throughout the United States. A recent Forbes article ranked Utah as the third-highest state in the country for toxic releases based on data in the TRI for the reporting year (RY) 2015. These same…

  • A Look Back: On the Scene after the Gold King Mine Spill

    By Christine Osborne This week, we take a look back at DEQ’s response to the Gold King Mine release two years ago. On August 5, 2015, EPA contractors were clearing debris from the opening of the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, when the blockage gave way, releasing three million gallons of acid mine drainage into…

  • Water, Water, Everywhere: Is Your Drinking Water Safe after a Flood?

    Over the past month, snowpack runoff, wet weather, and warm conditions have led to major flooding in northern Utah. When the Bear River crested in mid-February 2017, Garland City, Tremonton, Bothwell, Thatcher, East Garland Park, Riverside, Fielding, Plymouth, Corinne, Deweyville, Portage, and areas below the Cutler dam were hit with area-wide flooding. Roads and railroad…

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