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The Division of Water Quality is seeking comments until August 21, 2013 on the proposed prioritization of Great Salt Lake pollutants for toxicity testing. The toxicity testing is to support the derivation of numeric criteria for Great Salt Lake's unique ecosystem. The Division will review the comments received and revise the prioritization as appropriate. Once the pollutants are prioritized, a work plan that describes how the toxicity testing will be conducted will be presented for public comment.
Comments should be submitted in writing via e-mail to Chris Bittner or regular mail to:
Division of Water Quality
Attn: Chris Bittner
P.O. Box 144870
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4870
A Great Salt Lake Water Quality Strategy
In April 2012 the Utah Division of Water Quality (UDWQ) introduced the Great Salt Lake Water Quality Strategy that defines a comprehensive water quality approach for protecting the water quality of Great Salt Lake and its surrounding wetlands. Key resource issues in this strategy include numeric criteria development, strategic monitoring and research, and a wetlands plan. Our public outreach program will facilitate feedback during implementation of core components and specify resource needs. This strategy is designed to combine the best available science with public participation and outreach.
UDWQ received public comments on the following Great Salt Lake Water Quality Strategy documents (Note: To access, click on the document):
- Core Component 1: Proposed Approach for Developing Numeric Criteria for Great Salt Lake
- Core Component 2: Strategic Monitoring and Research Plan
- Core Component 4: Public Outreach Plan
UDWQ would like to thank the following people for submitting comments on the Great Salt Lake Water Quality Strategy:
- 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
The comments were encouraging, helpful and will strengthen the approach.
UDWQ will review the public comments and prepare a response summary that will be posted on the Web site. All public comments received will be available online at this Web site.
In the News!
- Great Salt Lake: Water Quality Strategy Targets Unique Lake Ecosystem
By Christine Osborne, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
- New Strategy Under Way to Measure the Health of the Great Salt Lake
By Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News
- Protecting the Great Salt Lake Takes a United Front
By Walt Baker, Utah Division of Water Quality
- Water Plan Aims to Keep Utah's Salt Lake "Great"
By Judy Fahys, Salt Lake Tribune
For more information regarding this subject, please contact Jodi Gardberg (801-536-4372).
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Other Utah Division of Water Quality Great Salt Lake Efforts
Other State of Utah Great Salt Lake Efforts
- Antelope Island and Great Salt Lake Marina
Department of Natural Resources, State Parks and Recreation
- Fire and State Lands
Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry
- Great Salt Lake Advisory Council
- Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program
Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources
- Utah Geological Survey
Department of Natural Resources