Water Quality Standards

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    The Environmental Protection Agency Dec. 6, 2010, published a final rule that sets numeric limits on phosphorus and nitrogen in flowing waters in the state of Florida. However, the agency also delayed the effective date of most of the rule for 15 months, until March 6, 2012, to give affected parties “a full opportunity” to become familiar with the standards and develop compliance strategies. The rulemaking marks the first time the agency ever has set numeric nutrient standards for a state. The goal of EPA's final rule is to reduce algal blooms that are caused by phosphorus and nitrogen pollution from fertilizer, stormwater, and wastewater. The federal rule will replace the state's narrative standards, which were too general and difficult to apply, EPA said. The agency is in the process of developing similar standards for Florida's estuaries and coastal waters that must be finalized by August 2012.
-- Read more…in Water Pollution Control Guide on Florida’s numeric nutrient standards
-- Read the text of the final rule in the Federal Register Archive

Did you know…?
    All states are required by the federal Clean Water Act to develop and implement water quality standards that designate uses for waters in the state and establish criteria that are protective of the uses. If a state fails to develop standards that are protective of state waters, the Clean Water Act requires EPA to step in and establish the standards, which is what happened in Florida.
You can find more information on water quality standards in Water Pollution Control Guide

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