New Guidance on Watershed Permitting
EPA has published a new technical guidance that will help integrate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits into watershed management plans. "Watershed-Based NPDES Permitting Technical Guidance" is a follow up to the 2003 implementation guidance and leads permitting interested parties through the analysis of watershed data and developing a framework for implementing an NPDES program.
"This guidance helps citizens and regulators accelerate watershed protection through more innovative and holistic permits and programs under the Clean Water Act," said Assistant Administrator for Water Benjamin H. Grumbles. "The detailed information and case studies provide a road map to cleaner and healthier watersheds."
The guidance supports approaches to permitting that may help target the watershed's most pressing environmental needs. The approaches will help achieve water quality-based effluent limitations based on water quality standards while providing opportunities for cost reductions and improved efficiencies such as water quality trading. The guidance includes case studies describing how watershed approaches involving NPDES permitting have been implemented across the country. The agency is accepting comments on the guidance on a continuing basis. For an electronic copy of the guidance: www.epa.gov/npdes/watersheds
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Source: Water Headlines for August 27, 2007
Benjamin H. Grumbles, Assistant Administrator
US EPA Office of Water