Water Quality Standards – Public Listening Sessions for Triennial Review

Hello everyone!

Every 3 years, ADEQ (Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality) must review its water quality standards and make revisions if necessary.  During this process, they get input from a wide range of interests, including the general public.

Our good friends with the group “Friends of the North Fork & White Rivers” are passing the word for these upcoming meetings, and I am passing the info along to you.  Please consider checking our their organization and joining; they do a lot of good here, folks! Here is the info from their latest e-blast…

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Public Listening Sessions for Triennial Review
Revisions to the Water Quality Standards in Arkansas (Regulation No.2)

Citizens care about water quality for a variety of uses – for drinking water, recreation, agriculture and more. Those perspectives should be considered when reviewing the Water Quality Standards. ADEQ must review its water quality standards (Regulation No.2) every three years.  During this process, ADEQ may make revisions, if necessary. The Department wants to hear from a wide range of interests and concerns, reflecting all the ways that water is used in Arkansas.

In short, the listening sessions provide an opportunity to all stakeholders (including citizens) to express their viewpoints and  have them considered in any revisions to the water quality standards.

Click here for a complete copy of the regulation.

Feb. 9 ADEQ, Commission Room, 5301 Northshore Dr., North Little Rock 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 15 Clarion Inn, 1255 S. Shiloh, Fayetteville 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 16 University of Arkansas Community College, 2005 White Drive, Batesville 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 21 Eugene Woods Civic Center, 212 W. Polk, West Memphis 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 23 Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission, 2215 W. Hillsboro, El Dorado 6:00 p.m.

Impaired Waterbodies
In mid January, The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality announced that the Draft 2012 Impaired Waterbodies List (commonly called the 303(d) list was available for review.

The 303(d) list is developed by ADEQ every two years under provisions of Section 303d of the Federal Clean Water Act. ADEQ assesses water quality monitoring data from numerous locations around the state and utilizes a comprehensive assessment methodology to determine which waters are not meeting their designated uses as listed in the Arkansas Water Quality Standards

ADEQ will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the Agency’s proposed 2012 Impaired Waterbodies List (303(d) List).

The public Hearing will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Commission Room,
ADEQ headquarters building;
5301 Northshore Drive
North Little Rock, AR

Public Comment Period Ends: Friday, February 17, 2012

Both oral and written comments will be accepted at the public hearing, but written statements are preferred in the interest of accuracy.

Click this link for complete information on, “What Is The 2012 Impaired Waterbodies List (303(d))?”, How To Provide Input, How To Obtain More Information, and Maps By County For Impaired Waterbodies

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