RELATED AGENCY PRIORITY:
Updating the Water Quality Standards
The federal Clean Water Act requires states to have current and accurate Water Quality Standards. The standards tell us how clean our waters need to be. The standards also set pollution limits for wastewater dischargers. More about water quality standards...
Why it matters
Washington’s marine and fresh waters are home to rich stocks of fish and shellfish. Protecting the health of these resources is important for the well-being of the state’s environment, economy, and people. More overview...
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Water Quality Standards Rule-making: Ecology is involving key parties, other interests and the public as it addresses complex science and public policy issues around adopting new human health-based water quality standards and implementation tools. This work is important because it protects people who swim in our waters and eat fish from our waters. We are developing implementation tools to provide paths towards compliance.
>> See more information about the Water Quality Standards Rule-making
Upcoming Water Quality Standards Policy Forum and Delegates' Table Involvement Opportunities
The Water Quality Policy Forum and Delegates' Table meetings are facilitated public
policy discussions involving key parties, other interests, and the public as Ecology addreses the complex
science and public policy issues around adopting new human health-based water quality standards and
Who can I contact with questions?
Toxics Reduction Strategy Work Group: The goal of the group is to explore opportunities to develop a new framework for preventing toxic pollution that delivers greater environmental and human health benefits while minimizing transaction costs for controlling such pollution.
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(April 18, 2013)
Toxics Reduction Strategy Workgroup
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