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Wetland Program Partners

The Utah Division of Water Quality (UDWQ) Wetland Program is currently focused on developing appropriate wetland specific beneficial uses and criteria for wetlands in the state of Utah and testing biological assessment methods for Great Salt Lake wetlands. The Wetland Program collaborates with many others within and outside UDWQ.

UDWQ Partners

UDWQ 401 Water Quality Certification

The purpose of the UDWQ 401 Water Quality Certification program is to ensure that federally permitted or licensed activities (such as 404 permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) will be conducted in a manner that will comply with applicable Utah discharge and water quality requirements in order to maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of waters affected by the project.

  • Leanna Littler (801) 536-4397
    401 Water Quality Certification Coordinator

Willard Spur Water Quality Study

The Willard Spur Water Quality Study’s goal was to determine appropriate and defensible modifications to Utah’s water quality standards to ensure long-term protection of Willard Spur’s aquatic life.

Utah Geological Survey

The Utah Wetland Program is run through collaboration between UDWQ and the Utah Geological Survey. UGS works on wetland mapping and classification and conducting wetland rapid assessment surveys with the goal of providing data on Utah’s wetland resources to decision-makers to inform management, restoration, conservation, and mitigation decisions.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources manages wetlands within several state waterfowl management areas, including a number located around Great Salt Lake.

  • Chad Cranney (801) 388-3942
    Manager, Public Shooting Grounds and Salt Creek WMAs
  • Jason Jones (801) 678-6781
    Manager, Farmington Bay WMA
  • Rich Hansen (801) 391-1454
    Manager, Ogden Bay, Harold Crane, and Howard Slough WMAs

Federal Partners

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act requires permits to modify wetlands through dredging and filling. The program is run jointly by the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Questions about potential violations of the CWA in Utah wetlands should be directed to:

Utah is located within EPA Region 8 (Mountains and Plains) (303) 312-6312

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

Becka Downard
Utah Division of Water Quality
Wetland Coordinator
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
(801) 536-4340

 Alkali bulrush (Bolboschoenus maritimus) in a Great Salt Lake wetland