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Water: Module 1

Basic Course: Key Concepts (Module 1.d)

Collaboration with EPA: Regional Guidance & Review

Module 1. WQS Program Overview

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As the primary EPA contact for collaborating with States/Tribes on water quality standards, the EPA Regional Offices are responsible for the following:

  • Providing technical assistance.
  • Reviewing and then approving/disapproving new or revised water quality standards developed by States and Tribes.


  • Consulting under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act with the "Services"—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service—as necessary when the State/Tribe's standards may affect listed (i.e. endangered) species.
  • Coordinating with EPA Headquarters on water quality standards that the Regional Administrator plans to disapprove. 
Resource. To locate a Regional Office, see EPA’s Regional Offices map page.

For informational purposes only–Not official statements of EPA policy.

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