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What You Will Need to Know to Make a Data Request
It is important to note here that if you do not know what you are looking for, you will have trouble finding it in the database. The Monitoring Plans can be useful starting points. The monitoring plans are composed of two sections:
- A brief overview of the seven different programs for which DWQ currently collects water quality data.
- Spreadsheets that contain program specific information including:
- Actively monitored stations.
- Characteristics collected at those stations.
- Frequency of collection.
You must know the following three things to perform a data request:
- The time period you are interested in. Our data files go back to 1974, but data is limited in those "early" years.
- The monitoring stations you are interested in. There are over 6,575 stations in our database. Only about 500 of them are "data rich". Generally, the data rich sites can be found by reviewing the 2008-2009 Annual Monitoring Plan.
- The specific characteristics or parameters you are interested in obtaining. We analyze for a variety of constituents, most of them are listed in the Strategic Monitoring Plan.
Note: Data collected for special studies and standards development are generally not released until they are vetted by additional internal quality control and scientific review. The DWQ Database is under development through Fall 2012 and any data requests made during development will take up to, or at least, 45 days to compile. For more information, please contact Kate Tipple (801-536-4367).
Get Water Quality Data
Visit the EPA Web server where you can download or view water quality data collected, maintained, and owned by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality prior to 2009.
Utah Data Assessment and Integration Tool (Beta test version) - This tool allows the user to obtain water quality data using a map interface and other data filters. Note: This Tool is "down" for maintenance. Currently compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer only.
If you need more help planning your data request, or have questions about the data, please contact Kate Tipple (801-536-4367).