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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).
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)

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

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