Note: Most states have enacted laws and regulations to protect wetlands. In many cases, these rules are established to define the state's role in the "§404 permit/§401 certification process." This process involves the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and your state environmental agency. To learn more about the wetlands permitting process go to the CICA Wetlands Regulations/Permit page.
How Are Wetlands Activities Regulated by Utah? The Utah State Division of Water Quality and the Utah State Water Quality Board regulate wetlands as waters of the state under Utah's water quality standards.
Wetlands. Wetlands are "waters of the state," meaning "all streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, water courses, waterways, wells, springs, irrigation systems, drainage systems, and all other bodies or accumulations of water, surface and underground, natural and artificial, public or private, which are contained within, flow through, or border upon this state or any portion thereof."
Wetland Categories. Persons must seek the Division's approval before discharging waste into state waters or constructing any device for the treatment or discharge of wastewater. The use of industrial wastewaters are subject to approval by the Board on a case-specific analysis involving health and environmental concerns. Persons cannot use, dispose, or manage sewage sludge by any method where pollutant limits, management practices, and operational standards for pathogens and vector attraction reduction requirements are established under 40 CFR 503.
Regulated Wetland Activities. Individual waste disposal systems can submit their construction plans to the local health authority that has jurisdiction, instead of the Division. Small Animal Waste Lagoon construction plans are not submitted to the Division, if the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) certifies the plan and it complies with the existing Memorandum of Agreement between the Division and the NRCS.
Wetland Regulatory Background Information
Water Environment Federation. The WEF Web site provides access to a wetlands related technical discussion area, as well as publications and other information on wetlands.
Wetlands Regulation Center. The Wetlands Regulation Center Web site contains information on laws, policies and regulations concerning activities regulated under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act.
Association of State Wetland Managers. The Association of State Wetland Managers Web site provides information on wetlands news and events, including new regulations/legislation, upcoming conferences and events, publications, and more.
Society of Wetland Scientists. The Society of Wetland Scientists Web site provides access to on-line scientific wetlands journals and a wetlands discussion forum, as well as information on upcoming wetlands conferences and events.
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