Water: Module 1
Basic Course: Key Concepts (Module 1.g)
Water Quality Standards: State/Tribal Uses
- Module 1: Overview
- Stewards of a National Resource
- The Clean Water Act
- EPA’s Role
- Regional Guidance & Review
- State/Tribal Responsibilities
- State/Tribe Specific Components
- State/Tribal Uses
- Module 2: Use
- Module 3: Criteria
- Module 4: Antidegradation
- Module 5: Flexibilities
- Module 6: Review
- Certificate of Completion
Water quality standards serve as a foundation for State/Tribal water quality programs. For example, States/Tribes rely on water quality standards when:
- Preparing reports on the water-quality conditions of a jurisdiction's water bodies.
- Providing a target for calculating Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for discharges.
- Developing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits.
Video Clip View a 2-minute video clip from the classroom session about EPA and States/Tribes working together on water quality.
Illustration. View a flow diagram of the water quality-based approach to pollution control. Proceed to the Learn More Topic. » (Note: This link launches a pop-up window.)