Water: Module 2
Water Quality Standards and Criteria: Basic Course: Key Concepts (Module 2.j)
Designated Uses: Specify Appropriate Uses
- Module 1: Overview
- Module 2: Use
- The Uses of a Water Body
- Integrity of the Nation's Waters
- CWA 101(a)(2) Uses
- The Basis for State/Tribal Water Quality Goals
- The Uses Already Attained by a Water Body
- Use Subcategories
- Subcategories for Section 101(a) Goal Uses
- Section 303 Other Uses
- Other Purposes Category
- Specify Appropriate Uses
- Changing/Removing a Designated Use
- Module 3: Criteria
- Module 4: Antidegradation
- Module 5: Flexibilities
- Module 6: Review
- Certificate of Completion
- Consideration #1
- Use designations that are consistent with Sections 101(a) and 303(c) of the CWA (40 CFR 131.6(a)).
- Consideration #2
- "Rebuttable presumption" presumes protection and propagation of fish, shellfish, and wildlife and recreation in and on the water are attainable, unless otherwise demonstrated consistent with 131.10(g).
- Consideration #3
- Ensure protection of public health and welfare (Section 303(c)).
- Consideration #4
- Consider the use and value of the water for uses listed in Section 303(c)(2).
A water body's designated uses must include those uses that are "minimally" attainable:
- By implementing effluent limits required under sections 301(b) and 306 of the Act.
- By implementing cost-effective and reasonable best management practices for non-point source control.
- Performance standards for particular industrial sources.
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