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Water: Anti-Degradation

Pueblo of Santa Clara

Water Quality Standards for Tribes


Water Quality Code of the Pueblo of Santa Clara

Effective March 24, 1995

A. Antidegradation Policy.

The antidegradation policy of the Pueblo is as follows:

  1. Existing water uses and the level of water quality necessary to protect existing uses shall be maintained and protected.
  2. Where water quality exceeds levels necessary to support propagation of fish and wildlife and recreation in and on the water, the said water quality shall be maintained and protected unless it is found, after full satisfaction of governmental and public participation requirements, that a lower level of water quality is required in order to accommodate important economic or social development in the area in which the waters are located. In permitting such degradation of water quality, the Pueblo shall require _he highest statutory and regulatory requirements for all new and existing point sources and all cost-effective and reasonable best management practices for nonpoint source control.
  3. Where high quality water constitutes an outstanding national or tribal resource, or waters of exceptional recreational or ecological significance exist, the water quality and uses shall be maintained and protected by water quality controls, maintenance of natural flow regimes, protection of instream habitats, and land use practices protective of the watershed.
  4. In those cases where potential water quality impairments associated with thermal discharge are involved, the antidegradation policy and implementing methods shall be consistent with Section 316 of the Clean Water Act, as amended (33 U.S.C. Section 1326 (1987)).

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