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Reports and References - Bacterial Water Quality Standards for Recreational Waters (Freshwater and Marine Waters)

EPA-823-R-03-008; June 2003

This document, Bacterial Water Quality Standards for Recreational Waters (Freshwater and Marine Waters) - Status Report provides a brief overview of the bacterial water quality standards that have been adopted by states for their marine and fresh recreational waters in the United States. This report is based on consultations with EPA water quality standards coordinators. The report is accurate as of September 2002; however, there may be revisions to standards that are not reflected in this report. EPA will update the report periodically to reflect new information. The information in the report is presented in summary format for both states/territories and tribes. The summary is organized first by EPA region, and then by state, territory, and tribe within each region.


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