Presentation on theme: "PENNSYLVANIAS STATEWIDE SURFACE WATER ASSESSMENT PROGRAM: A Strategy For Evaluating Surface Water Quality Throughout The Commonwealth."— Presentation transcript:
PENNSYLVANIAS STATEWIDE SURFACE WATER ASSESSMENT PROGRAM: A Strategy For Evaluating Surface Water Quality Throughout The Commonwealth
EPA / Clean Water Act Requirements: Section 305(b): Describe water quality management programs and report the status of surface water quality statewide. Section 303(d): Assess the quality of waters and list those not meeting water quality standards as impaired. Section 319: Identify Non-Point Source (NPS) problems and implement remediation plans
PENNSYLVANIAS STATEWIDE SURFACE WATER ASSESSMENT PROGRAM Initiated in 1996 Designed to assess the quality of all surface waters with respect to all protected uses. Identifies point and non-point source water quality problems and characterizes their source and cause.
WATERS Flowing waters Lakes & Impoundments Wetlands Ground Water
PROTECTED USES Water Supply Aquatic Life Recreation & Fish Consumption Special Protection
Assessment Techniques AQUATIC LIFE USE: Flowing waters- Assess aquatic habitat and invertebrate community or fishery Lakes- Assess fish and aquatic plant communities WATER SUPPLY USE: Assess bacteriological and/or chemical quality of untreated intake water at public water supplies RECREATION & FISH CONSUMPTION: Assess bacteriological quality of waters, especially at bathing beaches Assess chemical quality of edible portions (fillets) of fish SPECIAL PROTECTION: Assess physical habitat and aquatic invertebrate community