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|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||Strategy for water quality standards and criteria : setting priorities to strengthen the foundation for protecting and restoring the nation's waters.|
|CORP Author||Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Water.|
|Publisher||U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water,|
|Subjects||Water quality biological assessment--Standards. ; Environmental monitoring--Standards. ; Water--Pollution--Measurement--Standards.|
|Additional Subjects||Water quality criteria ; Water quality standards ; Strategies ; Water quality management ; Development ; Partnerships ; Program activities ; United States ; Restoration ; Nonpoint sources ; Wetlands ; Priorities ; Planning ; Implementation ; Environmental Protection Agency ; Clean Water Act|
|Collation||viii, 37 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm|
Water quality standards and criteria are the regulatory and scientific foundation of programs established under the Clean Water Act to protect the Nation's waters. As such, they are among the most critical clean water programs. Due to the many new demands on the program, and since the nature of water pollution problems and required solutions have changed dramatically in recent years, water quality standards and criteria need to be made a high priority and given a renewed focus. The water quality standards and criteria program needs clear priorities to address these critical demands. This strategy is the product of a wide-ranging review of the existing water quality standards and criteria program within the context of all clean water programs. The review covered clean water goals, mandates and authorities; EPA's current strategic goals for clean water and other strategic planning efforts; and major needs of the current EPA standards and criteria program and key programs linked to it including water quality monitoring, total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, nonpoint source programs, oceans and wetlands programs, and source water protection. The review considered the results of more than 50 listening sessions with over 350 people during April-September 2001 and recent recommendations from the National Research Council, the General Accounting Office, and EPA's Inspector General.
"Office of Science and Technology"--Cover. "EPA-823-R-03-010." "August 2003"--Page 4 of cover.