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Tribal Water Quality Standards in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

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Recent Actions and Request for Comments

Treatment as a State Status for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Tribal Participation in the Water Quality Standards Program

Establishing Water Quality Standards for Indian Country

Tribal Water Quality Standards in Idaho, Oregon and Washington

Tribal Water Quality Standard Program Contacts

Video "Our Water Our Future: Saving Our Tribal Life Force Together"

Tribal Water Programs

Tribal Information on Environmental Programs in Pacific Northwest and Alaska

Guidance for Pacific Northwest State and Tribal Temperature Water Quality Standards

Recent Actions and Request for Comments on Northwest and Alaska Tribal Water Quality Standards

Spokane Tribe water quality standards
December 19, 2013 - EPA finalizes action on new and revised water quality standards for the Spokane Tribe of Indians water quality standards (PDF) (52 pp, 772K)

Approval of Lummi Nation WQS (WA)
On June 1, 1999 the Lummi Nation submitted an application to EPA for “treatment in the same manner as a State” (TAS) under Section 518 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for the purpose of administering WQS and certifying that discharges authorized by Federal permits and licenses comply with those water quality standards. On March 5, 2007, EPA approved the Tribe’s TAS application, authorizing the Tribe to administer WQS under Section 303(c) of the CWA and to provide water quality certifications pursuant to Section 401 of the CWA for all surface waters within the boundaries of the Lummi Indian Reservation. On September 4, 2007 EPA received the Lummi Nation WQS for review. EPA approved the WQS on September 30, 2008.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribe TAS (ID)
EPA Region 10 completed its review of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Tribes) application for “treatment in the same manner as a state (TAS).” After reviewing the application and comments provided by the State of Idaho, EPA found that the Tribes meet the eligibility criteria of Section 518(e) of the CWA and EPA regulations at 40 CFR 131.8(a). Therefore, on September 5, 2008, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are eligible to adopt water quality standards and seek EPA approval, pursuant to Section 303(c) of the CWA, and to certify that discharges comply with those water quality standards, pursuant to Section 401 of the CWA, for all surface waters of the Fort Hall Reservation. More information

Swinomish Tribe TAS (WA)
On April 18, 2008 EPA approved the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community of Washington (Tribe) application for “treatment in the same manner as a State”. After reviewing the application and comments provided by the State of Washington, EPA found that the Tribe meets the eligibility criteria of Section 518(e) of the CWA and EPA regulations at 40 CFR 131.8(a). Therefore, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is eligible to adopt water quality standards and seek EPA approval, pursuant to Section 303(c) of the CWA, and to certify that discharges comply with those water quality standards, pursuant to Section 401 of the CWA, for all surface waters of the Swinomish Reservation.

Contact: Maja Tritt, (tritt.maja@epa.gov), 206-553-6265

For links to tribal water quality standards, please see:
http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/standards/wqslibrary/tribes.html#r10


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