In October 2011, seventeen states participated in a workshop with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water (EPA) to discuss the use of biological assessment, with respect to nutrients, in state water programs.
In preparation for the meeting, participating states offered responses to a series of questions developed by ACWA to provide a baseline assessment of each state’s biological assessment program. Following the meeting, ACWA determined it would be valuable to collect this information from all states, as well as interstates and the District of Columbia, as part of a continuing effort to promote a “rich mosaic” of innovative solutions to the nation’s nutrient pollution problems, recognizing that numeric nutrient criteria are only one tool in the nutrient reduction toolbox.
We are pleased to announce that this report consists of responses from every state, the District of Columbia, and the Delaware River Basin Commission.
Use of Biological Assessment in State Water Programs: Focus on Nutrients