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Clean Water Act: Changes Needed If Key EPA Program Is to Help Fulfill the Nations Water Quality Goals
Clean Water Act: Changes Needed If Key EPA Program Is to Help Fulfill the Nationäó»s Water Quality Goals

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By J. Alfredo Gomez (au)
Year: 2013
Pages: 108
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-4578-5274-9

Product Code: 1457852748

The 1972 Clean Water Act aimed to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nations waters. Under the act, states must establish water quality standards; for waters that do not meet these standards, states must develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), which the Environmental and Protection Agency (EPA) approves. TMDLs set targeted limits for pollutants but are not self-implementing; EPA and states help reduce pollutants by issuing permits for point sources, whereas they provide voluntary incentives to reduce nonpoint source pollution. This report examined (1) EPAs and states responsibilities in developing and implementing TMDLs; (2) what is known about the status of long-established TMDLs; (3) the extent to which such TMDLs contain features key to attaining water quality standards; and (4) the extent to which TMDLs exhibit factors that facilitate effective implementation. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.

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