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State & Tribal Water Quality Standards Programs

State environmental agencies have the primary responsibility for developing water quality standards and using these standards as they monitor and assess surface waters to determine impairment and to set effluent limits for waste water discharge.  Below is a brief description of Region 5 state water quality standards programs and links to other state WQS information and agencies involved in state water quality.

The following Tribes in Region 5 have received authorization for a WQS program and have received EPA approval of their WQS, applicable to all areas within Reservation boundaries (view map of approximate locations of Tribes with approved WQS programs):

Illinois

The Water Quality Standards program in Illinois is managed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). The Illinois Pollution Control Board is responsible for adopting Illinois' environmental regulations and deciding contested environmental cases. Other State agencies, such as Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, and Illinois Department of Public Health, at times work with IEPA on standards issues.

 
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Indiana

The Water Quality Standards program in Indiana is managed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Other State Agencies, such as the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana State Department of Health, at times work with IDEM on WQS issues.

Indiana Water Quality Standards Information

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Michigan

The Water Quality Standards program in Michigan is managed by the Michigan Department Environmental Quality. Other state agencies, such as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Department of Community Health, at times work with MDEQ on WQS issues.

Michigan Water Quality Standards Information

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Michigan Public Beach Information Exit EPA

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Minnesota

The Water Quality Standards program in Minnesota is managed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Other State agencies, such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Department of Health, at times work with the MPCA on WQS issues.

Minnesota Water Quality Standards Information

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Ohio

The Water Quality Standards program in Ohio is managed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA). Other State agencies such as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Public Health, as well as other entities such as the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), at times work with OEPA on WQS issues.

Ohio Water Quality Standards Information

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Wisconsin

The Water Quality Standards program in Wisconsin is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). Other State agencies, such as the Wisconsin Department of Public Health, at times work with WDNR on WQS issues.

Wisconsin Water Quality Standards Information

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Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe

Grand Portage Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Sokaogon Chippewa Community

Bad River Tribe

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