Water Quality Standards Review

Regulation No. 2

Water Division

Ellen Carpenter, Chief - (501) 682-0655

 

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has begun its 2013 Triennial review of water quality standards contained in Regulation No. 2 for protecting Arkansas’ waters. The federal Clean Water Act requires states to conduct a comprehensive review of their water quality standards at least every three years to stay in compliance with federal water quality provisions and to maintain protection of the designated uses of waterbodies in the state.

Water Quality Standards

Water Quality Standards (WQS) are narrative and/or numeric criteria for parameters that are protective of the designated uses of a waterbody. The standards include criteria for minerals, bacteria, clarity, temperature, oil and grease, acidity or alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and toxic substances to name a few.

The Standards Protect Waterways

The federal Clean Water Act requires each state to develop WQS to protect lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, creeks, and ditches. The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission adopts WQS for Arkansas. ADEQ uses these WQS to ensure that designated uses of state waterways are being protected. These designated uses include: drinking water, swimming, fishing, industrial and agricultural use to name a few.

Arkansas’ Current Water Quality Standards

The federal Clean Water Act requires each state to develop WQS to protect lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, creeks, and ditches. The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission adopts WQS for Arkansas. ADEQ uses these WQS to ensure that designated uses of state waterways are being protected. These designated uses include: drinking water, swimming, fishing, industrial and agricultural use to name a few.

Regulation No. 2

Official 2013 Triennial Review Process

The following outlines the review process:

Ideas Received During the Public Listening Session Period

Prior to the initiation of the official 2013 Triennial Review process, ADEQ held public listening sessions to receive comments on Arkansas’ water quality standards contained in Regulation No. 2 in an open public forum.

Ideas Received during Public Listening Session Period, January 20 - February 29, 2012

Invitation to Stakeholders

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has initiated the next step in the 2013 Triennial Review of Arkansas’ Water Quality Standards by holding stakeholder workgroup meetings. Below is the packet of information that the members of the stakeholder workgroup received.

Stakeholder Packet

Stakeholder Workgroup

The meetings will be held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. A total of six (6) workgroup meetings are planned, extending into August 2012. A summary for each session will be posted below as well as specific Stakeholder Workgroup requested items.

Brochures and References Provide More Information

Use brochures to learn more about the Standards and how to get involved:

Use references to learn detailed information about the Standards and the quality of specific waterways:

For More Information

For more information about Arkansas' review of Water Quality Standards, or to send written suggestions about Arkansas Water Quality Standards, please contact:

  • ADEQ Branch Manager
    Sarah Clem
    5301 Northshore Drive
    North Little Rock, AR 72118-5317
    (501) 682-0660
    clem@adeq.state.ar.us
     
  • ADEQ Public Outreach and Assistance Division
    Katherine Benenati
    5301 Northshore Drive
    North Little Rock, AR 72118-5317
    (501) 682-0923
    E-mail Customer Service