Standards and Planning Unit
Regional Water Quality Standards Information
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Looking for the recent Region 10 action on Washington's 303(d) list? Look here!
The work of the Water Quality Standards and Planning Unit is made up of several different programs: Section 303(d) List and Water Quality Standards Program (WQS). The Water Quality Standards and 303(d) program are the foundation of the Clean Water Act. They provide the processes and tools to establish water quality goals for the Region's waters, assess the quality of those waters, identify areas needing special attention and develop and implement plans to remedy problems. Additionally, 303(d) can, and should, be a cornerstone for selecting priority geographic areas for State/EPA efforts.
The primary goals of the Water Quality Standards and Planning Unit are to ensure protective water quality standards and elevate EPA's role in TMDL development to one of ground breaking and innovation. More information on the major program areas of the Standards and Planning Unit can be obtained by clicking on the program titles below.
Who are we?
Water Quality Limited Streams List - Section 303(d)
Water Quality Standards
IWI - "Surf Your Watershed"
Water Quality Information Center - information on water resources as related to agriculture
Give Water A Hand - national watershed education program designed to involve young people in local environmental service projects.
USGS public water quality data
Total Maximum Daily Loads
Aquatic Habitat Indicators and their Application to Water Quality Objectives within the Clean Water Act (PDF) (114 pp. 1MB)
Annotated Bibliography of Aquatic Habitat Indicators and their Application to Water Quality Objectives within the Clean Water Act (PDF) (77 pp. 484K)
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