Draft 2022 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report; Available for Public Comment
[52 Pa.B. 418]
[Saturday, January 15, 2022]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is providing for public comment its draft 2022 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report (Integrated Report). The Integrated Report includes both a narrative description of the Commonwealth's water quality status and 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)).
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 do not meet applicable water quality standards, 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 waterbodies. Waterbodies that do not meet water quality standards and require a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) are placed on Category 5 of the Integrated Report waterbody list.
In addition to comments of a general nature on the Integrated Report, the Department is seeking comment on the waters listed as high priorities for TMDL development and the waters selected to be restored through alternatives to TMDLs (Category 5alt). The draft 2022 Integrated Report continues the new digital and fully interactive format and will be accessible online through the Department's eComment tool at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment beginning January 15, 2022.
The Department will accept comments on the draft Integrated Report through Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the commentator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment tool at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment. Written comments can also be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ''Draft 2022 Integrated Report'' as the subject line in written communication.
Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact the Water Quality Division at (717) 787-9637 or through the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TTD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-88. Filed for public inspection January 14, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]
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