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Free September Watershed Academy Webcast

  • 10 Sep 2009
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • (Virtual) U.S. EPA Webcast

FREE September Watershed Academy Webcast
Second in Clean Water Act Series

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Join us on Thursday, September 10th for "Introduction to Water Quality Standards," a second in series of Webcasts on the Clean Water Act (CWA).

The CWA is the cornerstone of surface water quality protection in the United States and it sets broad goals for restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's water.

Water quality standards (WQS) are aimed at translating the broad goals of the CWA into waterbody-specific objectives. Tune in to learn about WQS, which are the foundation of the water quality-based pollution control program mandated by the CWA.

The Webcast will highlight the three major components of state and tribal water quality standards e.g., designated uses, water quality criteria, antidegradation, and will include a case study of how one state is working to strengthen its WQS program. Future Webcasts will highlight other aspects of the CWA including monitoring and assessment, total maximum daily loads, programs for managing point sources and nonpoint sources, and wetland protection.

Dr. Thomas Gardner, Environmental Scientist, U.S. EPA's National Water Quality Standards Branch; Heather Goss, Physical Scientist, U.S. EPA's National Water Quality Standards Branch; and William (Bill) Cole, Research Scientist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Water Quality Standards Unit.



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