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Washington State's Plan to Control Nonpoint Pollution

Washington State's Water Quality Management Plan to Control Nonpoint Sources of Pollution (Nonpoint Plan) aims to protect public health and our natural resources from nonpoint pollution. It does so by identifying sources of pollution, setting a strategy for protecting and improving water quality, and restoring our waterways.

The Plan works to set clear goals and standards to achieve clean water and outline methods for evaluating our progress. State and federal agencies, local governments, tribes, special purpose districts, and citizens all play a role in achieving clean water, so public participation in the process is important.

Nonpoint Plan Updated

Ecology finalized the update to the Plan in July 2015. It replaces the formerly approved June 2005 version. The updated Plan maintains Washington State’s eligibility for Section 319 (Federal Nonpoint Source Program) funding and meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act requirements.

An electronic version of the new NPS Plan is available on the Washington State Department of Ecology website at: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1510015.html, along with the Response to Comments.










Last updated July 2015