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.
This volume of the water quality program mainly deals with Technical Standards, Corrective Action Requirements and Financial Responsibility for Owners and Operators of Underground Storage Tanks. This chapter is promulgated to establish construction, installation, performance, and operating standards for underground storage tanks.
This volume of the water quality program mainly deals with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System" or "(NPDES)" means the national program for issuing, modifying, revoking and reissuing, terminating, monitoring and enforcing permits for the discharge of pollutants into waters of the state.
The Water Quality Criteria for Intrastate, Interstate, and Coastal Water were created to embody both state and federal law. State law mandates the protection of public health and welfare and the present use of waters for public water supplies, propagation of fish and aquatic life and wildlife, recreational purposes, and agricultural, industrial, and other legitimate uses. The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to adopt water quality standards.
The Water Quality Control Act (WQCA) establishes the water pollution control program. The WQCA identifies the responsibilities and extent of authority for the Commissioner of the Water Quality Control Board. The WQCA establishes the concept of clean water goals and water quality planning and assessment. The WQCA provides for a permitting program for discharges to, or alterations of, water of the state. The Act also has an antidegredation statement protecting high quality surface waters.
The policy of the state of Texas is to promote the quality of the state's water by regulating existing industries, taking into consideration the economic development of the state, and by encouraging and promoting the development and use of regional and areawide waste collection, treatment, and disposal systems.
This act establishes the Water Quality Control Commission and states the powers and duties of the commission. Rules are stated for adoption of regulations and standards and information is provided about permits, construction limitations and penalties.
The commission is the state water pollution control agency for New Mexico for all purposes of the federal Clean Water Act and the wellhead protection and sole source aquifer programs of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
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.