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Water: Module 1

Basic Course: Key Concepts (Module 1.h)

Summary

Module 1. WQS Program Overview

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  • 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.

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

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