The Resource Water Quality: Inconsistent State Approaches Complicate Nation's Efforts to Identify Its Most Polluted Waters

Water Quality: Inconsistent State Approaches Complicate Nation's Efforts to Identify Its Most Polluted Waters

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Water Quality: Inconsistent State Approaches Complicate Nation's Efforts to Identify Its Most Polluted Waters
Title
Water Quality: Inconsistent State Approaches Complicate Nation's Efforts to Identify Its Most Polluted Waters
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eng
Summary
The approaches used to identify impaired waters vary considerably among states. Variation among the states stems from a combination of factors, including differences in the (1)water quality standards (including designated or beneficial uses and criteria)for determining which waters are impaired;(2)types of monitoring practices used to ascertain whether these standards are exceeded;(3)procedures used to assess water quality data to make listing decisions;and (4)guidance EPA regions give on grounds for removing waters from state lists of impaired waters. This variation leads not only to inconsistencies in the listing of impaired waters but also to difficulties in identifying the total number of impaired waters nationwide and the total number of TMDLs that states say will be needed to bring such waters up to standards. Of particular note, there have been numerous cases in which neighboring states share a common body of water that is listed as impaired by one state but not by the other. Under the Clean Water Act and its regulations, EPA has provided some flexibility to states to develop listing approaches that are appropriate to their ecological and other conditions. However, some of the variations in approaches have no appropriate scientific basis. EPA has published one set of guidance that it believes will address some of these inconsistencies. It is also planning to issue a second set of guidance to improve consistency among state approaches and in state methodologies
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GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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  • Standards
  • Water quality
  • United states
  • Water pollution
  • Quality assurance
  • Contamination
  • Public health
  • Water Pollution and Control
  • Environmental Health and Safety
Label
Water Quality: Inconsistent State Approaches Complicate Nation's Efforts to Identify Its Most Polluted Waters
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Report to Congressional Requesters
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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46 pages
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online
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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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Hein Online
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  • (OCoLC)227988511
  • (OCoLC)ocn227988511
Label
Water Quality: Inconsistent State Approaches Complicate Nation's Efforts to Identify Its Most Polluted Waters
Publication
Note
Report to Congressional Requesters
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
46 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227988511
  • (OCoLC)ocn227988511

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