EPA Launches Online Water Quality Standards Tools for Tribes

Guidelines help tribes establish Clean Water Act-effective standards

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a set of online tools to assist tribes in establishing Clean Water Act-effective water quality standards (WQS). These tools are designed to help simplify the application process for tribes to be treated in a similar manner as states (TAS) and streamline the development of tribal WQS.

The tools are another step toward achieving EPA’s goal of closing a long-standing gap in Clean Water Act protections. Currently, fewer than 50 of more than 300 tribes with reservation lands have WQS effective under the Clean Water Act. While the tools are not required for successful completion of TAS and WQS submissions, tribes may use the tools as a starting point and are encouraged to coordinate with EPA regional offices throughout the TAS application and WQS development process. 

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/wqs-tech/water-quality-standards-tools-tribes.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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