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Thank you to everyone who attended the 11th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium! This free two-day conference encourages a comprehensive review of the current state of our watershed while creating learning opportunities for a diverse array of stakeholders. Sessions covered a broad range of topics on water quality and watershed issues with local, regional, and national relevance. Hosted by Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration.

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Thursday, November 16 • 2:50pm - 3:20pm
A Comprehensive Approach to Protecting Great Salt Lake's Water Quality

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A Comprehensive Approach to Protecting Great Salt Lake's Water Quality

Summary:
The Great Salt Lake Water Quality Strategy is a comprehensive approach to protecting water quality in GSL through standard development, monitoring, and assessment. The Utah Division of Water Quality has made significant progress in implementing this strategy. Current directions include the development of wetland and nutrient components.

Full Abstract:
The Utah Division of Water Quality launched a Great Salt Lake Water Quality Strategy in 2012. The strategy was designed as a comprehensive approach for protecting the water quality of Great Salt Lake (GSL) and its surrounding wetlands and outlined a formal process for protecting GSL’s water quality through the development of a strategic monitoring plan, water quality standards, and beneficial use attainment assessment methods. DWQ continues to make progress in implementing the GSL Water Quality Strategy. Accomplishments to date include the implementation of a GSL monitoring program, the initial steps in numeric criteria development, and the implementation of an interim discharge permitting program to protect GSL’s water quality while standards and assessment methods are developed. Current directions for DWQ include the development of wetland and nutrient assessment components of the strategy. This presentation will provide an update on DWQ’s progress implementing the strategy to date and on current and future directions for the strategy. Attendees can expect to learn about: 1) DWQ’s vision for GSL, 2) DWQ’s authority under the Clean Water Act to protect GSL water quality, 3) regulatory mechanisms for protecting GSL’s water quality, 4) progress implementing DWQ’s GSL Water Quality Strategy to date, and 5) current and future directions for DWQ’s GSL Water Quality Strategy.

Speakers
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Jake VanderLaan

Great Salt Lake Water Quality Coordinator, Utah Division of Water Quality
Jake coordinates the Utah Division of Water Quality’s Great Salt Lake water quality and freshwater lake assessment programs. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Northern Michigan University and an M.S. in Aquatic Ecology from Utah State University. Jake joined DWQ in 20... Read More →



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