Utah’s Integrated Report

The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires states to submit a biennial, Integrated Report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the quality of their surface waters. This report analyzes water quality data to determine if assessed waterbodies support their designated beneficial uses. These beneficial uses include drinking water, recreation, aquatic life, agriculture, and the Great Salt Lake. Waterbodies that do not support one or more of their designated beneficial uses are classified as non-supporting and placed on the CWA 303(d) list of impaired waters. The report guides the development and implementation of water quality plans (Total Maximum Daily Load plans, or TMDLs) that bring impaired waterbodies into compliance with state water quality standards.

Utah’s Integrated Report (IR) fulfills these requirements under the CWA. The report includes:

  • Water quality assessment methods used for the report
  • Summary of the overall condition of Utah’s waters and significant water quality threats to their beneficial uses (305(b) report).
  • Impaired waters that fail to meet water quality standards or are biologically impaired (303(d) list).

The CWA requires a formal public comment period on the IR before submission to the EPA. Upon completion of this comment period, the Division of Water Quality (DWQ) submits the report, public comments, and its response to comments to EPA for approval. EPA reviews the report to ensure that assessments were based on all existing, credible, and readily available data and each assessment is legally and scientifically justified. EPA can approve or deny the 303(d) list.

Where are we in the IR Process?

In the timeline, below, 2022 IR is pointing at the “Draft IR” stage and 2018/2020 IR is pointing at the “Final IR stage.”

2022 IR

303(d) methods
Call for Data
Draft IR
Final IR

2022 Reporting Cycle

The Draft 2022 Integrated Report is currently available for public comment. The public comment period runs from October 29 to December 3, 2021.

Most Recent EPA-Approved Report

Utah’s Combined 2018/2020 Integrated Report (IR) is the most recent EPA-approved version. The Combined 2018/2020 report is used to guide management decisions until EPA approves the 2022 IR. The Combined 2018/2020 IR was submitted to EPA for review on February 25, 2021, and approved by EPA on August 9, 2021.

Last updated: November 15, 2021 at 3:38 pm
Categories: Water Quality