Water: Water Quality Standards
Templates for Narrative Downstream Protection Criteria in State Water Quality Standards
These narrative templates are intended as suggestions that states and tribes may use as starting points to customize the downstream protection provisions in their water quality standards.
Downstream protection provisions may be narrative or numeric, and states and tribes have discretion in choosing their preferred approach, based on their individual circumstances.
The EPA encourages early coordination between States and their EPA Regions to ensure the most streamlined process.
- Narrative Templates (PDF) (8 pp, 494K; 820-F-14-002)