Clean Water Act
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The Clean Water Act is a big piece of federal legislation that creates a large range of authorities for a large number of agencies. This page needs to dissect those various authorities.
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
- Total Maximum Daily Load
- Section 303(d) is the part of the Clean Water Act that authorizes the identification of water bodies in violation of the act, which can prompt development of a TMDL. Both listing and TMDL development is limited by staff labor, and the mechanism by which a violation becomes a listing, and a listing becomes a TMDL may have some discretion.
- Wetland Regulation - Section 404 of the clean water act describes the obligation of the US Army Corps of Engineers to regulate wetlands of the united states. A parallel state authority to regulate wetlands is described in the Washington State Growth Management Act and its Critical Areas Regulations.