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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
Core Components 3: A Wetland Program Plan and 5: Resource Plan are under development.
UDWQ would like to thank the following people for submitting comments on the Great Salt Lake Water Quality Strategy:
- Leland Myers, Central Davis Sewer District
- Kelly Payne, Rio Tinto/Kennecott Utah Copper
- Thomas Bosteels, Utah Artemia Association
- US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8
- Joe Beaman, US Environmental Protection Agency, ERAB
- Rob Duboc, Western Resource Advocates on behalf of Friends of Great Salt Lake
- Jeff Salt, Great Salt Lakekeeper
- Theron Miller, Farmington Bay/Jordan River Water Quality Council
- Thomas Ward, Salt Lake City Corporation
- Carleton DeTar, citizen and lifelong amateur naturalist
- Owen Ken Covey, citizen
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 website by the end of August 2012. All public comments received will be available online at this website.
In the news!
Water plan aims to keep Utah's salt lake 'Great'
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New strategy under way to measure the health of the Great Salt Lake
By Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News
Great Salt Lake: Water Quality Strategy Targets Unique Lake Ecosystem
By Christine Osborne, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Protecting the Great Salt Lake takes a united front
By Walt Baker, Utah Division of Water Quality
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Other UDWQ Great Salt Lake Efforts
Other State of Utah Great Salt Lake Efforts
Great Salt Lake Advisory Council
Department of Natural Resources/Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands
Department of Natural Resources/Division of Wildlife Resources/Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program
Department of Natural Resources/Utah Geological Survey
Department of Natural Resources/State Parks and Recreation: Antelope Island and Great Salt Lake Marina