EPA Seeks Comments on Draft Water Quality Criteria

EPA is asking for public comments on recently released water quality criteria recommendations for nutrients in lakes and reservoirs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued updated draft ambient water quality criteria recommendations for nutrients in lakes and reservoirs, and is seeking public comments.  EPA’s criteria is non-binding, and acts as a resource for government agencies that work to mitigate the effects that excess nutrients have on water quality. The last approved criteria was issued in 2001. The agency is seeking comments on the science and technical approach used to develop the criteria recommendations by July 21, 2020.

From EPA:

“Under the Trump Administration, we are working with states, tribes and farmers from across the country to develop a wide range of tools that will reduce excess nutrients in America’s water bodies,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water David Ross. “These draft criteria are the first update to EPA’s recommended nutrient criteria in almost 20 years. This flexible approach is based on the latest scientific information and will help States and Tribes protect lakes and reservoirs from harmful algal blooms.”

Useful Links:

Draft Ambient Water Quality Criteria Recommendations for Lakes and Reservoirs of the Conterminous United States: Information Supporting the Development of Numeric Nutrient Criteria

Press Release: EPA Releases Draft Criteria to Help Protect Lakes and Reservoirs

Link to Submit Comments (Due July 21, 2020)