Tag: Local Health Departments (LHDs)

Strategic Planning Environmental Service Delivery Plan

Since 1991, the Environmental Service Delivery Plan (ESDP) has been developed annually by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) in cooperation with the State’s thirteen Local Health Departments (LHD). The purpose of the plan is to coordinate implementation of environmental programs in the state to maximize efficient use of State and local resources. The …

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History: Strategic Planning Environmental Service Delivery Plan

On July 1, 1991 the Department of Environmental Quality was officially inaugurated. In the enabling legislation creating the Department, there was also requirement that the Department “coordinate implementation of environmental programs to maximize efficient use of resources by developing, with local health departments, a Comprehensive Environmental Service Delivery Plan” that recognizes and delineates the responsibilities …

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DEQ Budget Priorities 2018: Putting Our Values into Action

By Scott Baird The 2018 Utah Legislature kicks off its 45-day session today, marking the start of an exciting and occasionally hectic time for all of us at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Although we are neutral players in the legislative process, our directors and scientists are available 24/7 to answer questions, provide …

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Drinking Water Giant Ken Bousfield Leaves Big Shoes to Fill

By Christine Osborne Ken Bousfield is retiring at the end of this month after more than 40 years of service with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) and its predecessor agencies. His career and service to the state, including his 10-year tenure as the division director, epitomize DDW’s mission statement: …

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DEQ: Who Is DEQ in Rural Utah? District Engineers

By Donna Kemp Spangler They are unknown to the vast majority of Utahns. Yet the quality of life in rural Utah depends on them each and every day. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) employs four engineers, each one assigned to different corners of the state to ensure that tap water is clean, sewer …

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Water Quality: Storm Water Pollution Affects All of Us

By Rhonda Thiele and Jeanne Riley If you heard the news reports last week about an oily sheen floating in Mill Creek, you probably also heard that it was traced back to a nearby storm drain. Sampling of the area near 3300 South and 700 East in Salt Lake City showed that the sheen came …

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