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Water: Module 1

Basic Course: Key Concepts (Module 1.e)

Collaboration with EPA: State/Tribal Responsibilities

Module 1. WQS Program Overview

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Select the links below to view State/Tribal responsibilities regarding water quality standards:

State/Tribal WQS Responsibility
Adopt appropriate designated uses (goals for their waters).
State/Tribal WQS Responsibility
Adopt necessary water quality criteria to protect designated uses.
State/Tribal WQS Responsibility
Adopt an antidegradation policy to help protect existing water quality and high quality waters (consistent with EPA's policy).
State/Tribal WQS Responsibility
At their discretion, adopt any general policies as appropriate for application and implementation of standards (e.g., on variances, mixing zones).
State/Tribal WQS Implementation Responsibility
Monitor and assess water quality status.
State/Tribal WQS Implementation Responsibility
Issue discharge permits (where delegated).
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Learn More. Summary of State/Tribal requirements for biennial reporting to EPA on their monitoring and assessment of water quality status. Proceed to the Learn More Topic. » (Note: This link launches a pop-up window.)
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Concepts Applied. Read, as an example, the Tribal water quality standards for Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico (PDF) (55 pp, 2.4MB, About PDF)

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

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