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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-1306


Availability of the 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report

[47 Pa.B. 4594]
[Saturday, August 5, 2017]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is providing the 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report (Integrated Report) to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for review and approval. The Integrated Report is available to the public and it includes both a narrative description of the Commonwealth's water quality management programs (formerly the Federal Clean Water Act section 305(b) Report) and waterbody-specific lists depicting the status of Commonwealth surface waters as required by section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. § 1313(d)). The Integrated Report underwent a 45-day public review and comment period from July 31, 2016, through September 12, 2016, during which the Department received 21 comments. Following this public review and comment, the Department addressed the comments and completed a Comment and Response document that is included as Appendix J to the Inegrated Report.

 Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act and 40 CFR Part 130 (relating to water quality planning and management) require states to identify waters which would be impaired, even after the appropriate pollution control technology has been applied to point sources and required best management practices are in place for nonpoint sources. The Integrated Report establishes five categories for listing the assessed waterbodies. Waterbodies that do not meet water quality standards and that require a Total Maximum Daily Load are placed on Category 5 of the Integrated Report waterbody list.

 The Integrated Report and its related documents are available on the Department's eLibrary web site at (select ''Publications,'' then ''Clean Water,'' then ''2016 Pennsylvania Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report'').

 For questions regarding the Integrated Report contact the Water Quality Division at (717) 787-9637 or


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-1306. Filed for public inspection August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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