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Water: Module 4

Basic Course: Key Concepts (Module 4.c)

Implementation Method: A Decision-Making Approach

Module 4. Antidegradation Requirements

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Along with an antidegradation policy, States/Tribes also are required to identify their implementation method. In so doing, the State/Tribe establishes how and when the policy will be applied and what criteria will be used in its decision-making.

Key Point. An essential requirement of antidegradation policy implementation is to allow for public involvement in the decision-making. In all cases, the State/Tribe must pose the question to the community and other stakeholders: Do we want to allow the quality of this water body to degrade?

A State or Tribe's policy must be neutral regarding such questions, allowing the State/Tribe to decide about the degrading water quality based on implementation criteria.

Key Point. Taken together, the antidegradation policy and the policy's implementation method constitute the State or Tribe's antidegradation program.

Some EPA Regional Offices provide guidance on developing implementation methods.

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

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