WVDEP seeks public input, data for Triennial Water Quality Standards Review


​CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Division of Water and Waste Management (DWWM) is accepting recommendations for revisions to Legislative Rule §47 CSR 2, “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 aquatic life. 

The WVDEP 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. The agency reviews these recommendations before determining changes that will be proposed in 2024 for the 2025 Legislative session.

Written comments, recommendations and any supporting scientific information will be accepted through March 4, 2024 and can be submitted via email to WQSComments@wv.gov, or by regular mail to:

Attn: Dawn Newell 
Water Quality Standards, DWWM
WV Department of Environmental Protection 
601 57th St., S.E. 
Charleston, WV 25304 

Comments submitted in early 2022 based on a prior press release will also be considered and do not require resubmission.

Any proposed rule revisions will include a separate public comment period and a public hearing.

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Terry Fletcher