Water: Module 6
Basic Course: Key Concepts (Module 6.b)
Preparing for Submission: What to Include
- Module 1: Overview
- Module 2: Use
- Module 3: Criteria
- Module 4: Antidegradation
- Module 5: Flexibilities
- Module 6: Review
- Certificate of Completion
When the State/Tribe's water quality standards have been finalized, the package that is submitted to the EPA Regional Office must include seven key elements.Item #1
Waterbody use designations that are consistent with the Clean Water Act.
Methods and analyses used to support the standards, particularly for any that are atypical (e.g., not specified in 40 CFR 131.11(a)(b)(1)(iii)).
Water quality criteria sufficient to protect designated uses.
An antidegradation policy and accompanying implementation procedures.
Certification by the Attorney General or appropriate Tribal legal authority that the standards were duly adopted according to State/Tribal law.
Information to support uses not specified in CWA Section 101(a)(2).
General State/Tribal policies affecting the application and implementation of the standards (e.g., variance policy).
Key Point. The submission should also include use attainability analyses as appropriate (e.g., to justify a designated use that does not address the CWA's "fishable/swimmable" goal).