EPA Updates Online WQS Handbook

EPA recently updated the web version of its Water Quality Standards Handbook (http://epa.gov/wqshandbook) to make it more user-friendly and improve transparency by providing links to EPA’s most recent policy documents. The “updated information” boxes found throughout each chapter have been updated with new links, and documents referenced in the text are now hyperlinked. No substantive edits to the text have been made to date, however EPA is making plans to update the text as well.

EPA has also expanded its online water quality standards policy and guidance reference library [http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/library/index.cfm ] to include currently relevant water quality standards policy and guidance documents. The library is sortable by document title, issue date, topic, and EPA document number.

The main SHPD website (http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/) and water quality standards page (http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/) have both been updated to direct users to the handbook and library, making the updated pages easier to find. Our ultimate goal is to make the handbook the hub for water quality standards guidance on general topics and the policy and guidance reference library the place to quickly and easily find specific documents.

If you have questions or comments about these updates, please contact Jennifer Brundage at brundage.jennifer@epa.gov or 202-566-9976.

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