The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for formulating and establishing a comprehensive water resources policy for the State, developing and establishing policies and programs to resolve problems of water resource use, reviewing state and federal projects relevant to water resource use, and developing recommendations for water legislation. In performing its duties, the Department of Natural resources will give consideration to the need for adequate water resources for residential, industrial, and commercial needs, hydropower development, and watershed protection.
The Ontario Water Resources Act is designed to conserve, protect and manage Ontario's water resources for efficient and sustainable use. The act focuses on both groundwater and surface water throughout the province.
The state policy of Montana requires that water resources of the state be put to optimum beneficial use and not wasted. The state must promote the conservation, development, and beneficial use of the state's water resources to secure maximum economic and social prosperity for its citizens, and this chapter authorizes the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to coordinate the development and use of the water resources of the state so as to effect full utilization, conservation, and protection of its water resources.
Water may be used in reasonable amounts for beneficial purposes, which are defined by the state of Indiana to include power generation and energy conversion. This section describes other regulations pertaining to stream minimum flow standards and significant water withdrawal facilities.
Water Resource Districts are created throughout the state of North Dakota to manage, conserve, protect, develop, and control water resources. Each District will be governed by a Water Resource Board, which will manage water uses and water management facilities (including dams) in the district, and set local regulations regarding water use, flooding, and pollution.
Water quality trading is a tool for achieving water quality improvements. Under the right circumstances, trading has the potential to yield both environmental and economic benefits, while promoting increased interaction among watershed stakeholders.
The water quality trading program is a voluntary program that allows a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit holder (point source) to meet its regulatory obligations by using pollutant reductions generated by another wastewater point source or non-point source.
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality regulates Oklahoma's Water Quality Standards. The law states the requirements and standards for point source discharges. It also establishes groundwater protection standards. Discharge permit criteria allow the DEQ to include measures for the protection of groundwater quality, and requires the responsible party to report all spills of reportable quantities and respond accordingly to protect waters of the state, which includes groundwater.
This chapter of the law that establishes the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency outlines the minimum water quality requirements for all surface waters of the state.
Water quality standards contain two distinct elements: designated uses; and numerical or narrative criteria designed to protect and measure attainment of the uses.
Each water body in the state is assigned one or more aquatic life habitat use designations.
Each water body may be assigned one or more water supply use designations and/or one
recreational use designation.
The purpose of these regulations is to establish water quality standards for the state's surface waters. These standards are intended to restore, preserve and enhance the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the waters of the state, to maintain existing water uses, and to protect waters from pollutants. The regulations provide criteria for freshwater and saltwater, as well as standards for oxygen dissolved in saltwater, and describe ambient water quality classifications and special resource protection waters.