The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is authorized to review and establish local water districts throughout the state of Texas. The Water Code gives the Commission the right of supervision over all districts and authorities. While the Commission does not regulate daily operations of the districts, staff helps district board members and their consultants to understand the complex and varied laws and regulations under which a district must operate. Districts also must comply with state and federal regulations before they can engage in various activities.
Wisconsin has several statutes that promote water conservation and controlled water use, and this legislation establishes mandatory and voluntary programs in water conservation and water use efficiency. The mandatory program applies to new and increased large withdrawals of water in the Great Lakes Basin, new and increased diversions of Great Lakes water, and persons applying for an approval for a water loss that averages more than 2 million gallons per day (anywhere in the state).
Nebraska has a “first in time, first in right” appropriation policy in place for water withdrawal or use from natural sources. This policy states that the first person or entity using water for a beneficial purpose (e.g., commercial, personal, industrial) is entitled to keep using that water; the rights of subsequent water users follow a similar pattern, and only the remaining water may be used by “junior” users.
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality administers regulations for waste water and waste water treatment systems. Construction of a municipal treatment work, non-industrial waste water treatment system, or other sewage treatment works requires permits from the Department.
The Wastewater Regulations for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits, Underground Injection Control (UIC) Permits, State Permits, Water Quality Based Effluent Limitations and Water Quality Certification are a series of environmental regulations, permit requirements and standards that are applicable to any new energy generation development project, given that there is some waste associated with the development. Most of the regulations and permits required are very close, if not exactly the same, in language to the Federal Clean Water Act.
The wastewater discharge regulations require that a license be obtained for the discharge of wastewater to a stream, river, wetland, or lake of the state, or to the ocean. Typical discharges include sewer water from municipal entities as well as process waste water, cooling water and other contaminated waters from industrial or commercial activities. Section 582 (link found in the MDEP website) specifically provides regulations concerning the temperature of discharged water.
The rules in this Subchapter apply to all persons proposing to construct, alter, extend, or operate any sewer system, treatment works, disposal system, contaminates soil treatment system, animal waste management system, stormwater management system or residual disposal/utilization system which does not discharge to surface waters of the state, including systems which discharge waste onto or below land surface.
The Wabash River Heritage Corridor, consisting of the Wabash River, the Little River, and the portage between the Little River and the Maumee River, is considered a protected area, where development is limited. The Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission is responsible for promoting conservation and managing development in this area.