DAR File No. 42157

This notice was published in the October 15, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 20) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Environmental Quality, Water Quality

Rule R317-2

Standards of Quality for Waters of the State

Five-Year Notice of Review and Statement of Continuation

DAR File No.: 42157
Filed: 09/26/2017 07:12:57 AM


Concise explanation of the particular statutory provisions under which the rule is enacted and how these provisions authorize or require the rule:

Subsection 19-5-104(3)(b) authorizes the Utah Water Quality Board (Board) to adopt, modify, or repeal standards of quality of the waters of the state and classify those waters according to their reasonable uses. Subsection 19-5-104(1) authorizes the Board to make rules which implement or effectuate the powers and duties of the Board.

Summary of written comments received during and since the last five-year review of the rule from interested persons supporting or opposing the rule:

This rule was amended three times since the last five-year review. The limited comments which were received during those rulemaking actions addressed technical issues and were generally of a noncontroversial nature. Comments received during hearings and the public comment period for the rule changes have been addressed through preparation of responsiveness summaries by Division of Water Quality staff and have been presented to the Board for their consideration during the rulemaking process.

Reasoned justification for continuation of the rule, including reasons why the agency disagrees with comments in opposition to the rule, if any:

This rule classifies waters of the state according to their beneficial uses and sets numerical standards of quality for those waters. The existence of the rule is central to implementation of water quality protection programs under the Utah Water Quality Act. Therefore, this rule should be continued.

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:

Environmental Quality
Water QualityRoom DEQ, Third Floor
195 N 1950 W

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Judy Etherington at the above address, by phone at 801-536-4344, by FAX at 801-536-4301, or by Internet E-mail at jetherington@utah.gov



Authorized by:

Erica Gaddis, Director

Additional Information

More information about a Five-Year Notice of Review and Statement of Continuation is available online.

The Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the Bulletin is the official version. The PDF version of this issue is available at https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2017/b20171015.pdf. The HTML edition of the Bulletin is a convenience copy. Any discrepancy between the PDF version and HTML version is resolved in favor of the PDF version.

For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Judy Etherington at the above address, by phone at 801-536-4344, by FAX at 801-536-4301, or by Internet E-mail at jetherington@utah.gov.  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.