The Water Quality Act establishes cumulative remedies to prevent, abate and control the pollution of the waters of the state. The act establishes responsibilities of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the Oklahoma Water Quality Board. The act requires the development of a Water Quality Management Plan, which is an effort of both agencies.
The act establishes that it is unlawful for any person to cause pollution of any waters of the state or to place or cause to be placed any wastes in a location where they are likely to cause pollution of any air, land or waters of the state. Included in the law are other acts, including the Oklahoma Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Act, the Oklahoma Water Supply Systems Act, legislation for Wastewater and Wastewater Treatment Systems, Other Surface Impoundments and Land Applications, Reservoir Protection, and Septic Tanks.