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Water: Water Quality Standards

Policy & Guidance - Water Quality Criteria and Standards Plan (June 1998)

The Water Quality Criteria and Standards Plan describes six new criteria and standards program initiatives that EPA and the States and Tribes will take over the next decade.   The Plan presents a "vision" and strategy for meeting these important new initiatives and improvements and will guide EPA and the states and tribes in developing and implementing criteria and standards that provide a basis for enhancements to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, nonpoint source control, wetlands protection and other water resources management efforts.

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