DEP’s Water Quality Standards Program Accepting Comments


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water and Waste Management is accepting recommendations for revisions to Legislative Rule 47CSR2, “Requirements Governing Water Quality Standards.”

This rule establishes requirements governing standards of water quality for the surface waters of the state. State water quality standards are developed to help protect and preserve water quality necessary to meet and maintain designated or assigned uses such as swimming, recreation, public water supply, and/or aquatic life.

DEP is accepting these recommendations for suggested rule changes in preparation for the Water Quality Standards Triennial Review, as required by the federal Clean Water Act. DEP reviews these recommendations before deciding what changes will be proposed in 2016 for the 2017 legislative session.

DEP will accept written recommendations and any supporting scientific information through Sept. 30. Comments can be emailed to or mailed to:

Laura Cooper
Water Quality Standards, DWWM
WV Department of Environmental Protection
601 57th St., S.E.
Charleston, WV 25304

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Jake Glance
(304) 926-0499 ext. 1335