Water: Module 1
Basic Course: Key Concepts (Module 1.h)
- 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
The objective of the Clean Water Act of 1972 (the CWA) is to "restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Nation's waters."
Congress has charged EPA with implementation of the CWA. However, within the context of EPA oversight, each State/Tribe plays the primary role in establishing its own water quality standards.
EPA Regional Offices serve as primary contacts for working with States/Tribes in developing and implementing water quality standards.
- States/Tribes are partners with EPA in the effort to restore and protect the Nation's waters through the water quality standards program.