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Promoting Watershed-based NPDES Permits to Support Integrated Local Action

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a framework for watershed-based permitting to further the objectives of the 1994 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Watershed Strategy and to promote watershed-based NPDES permits. EPA believes that aggressive promotion of watershed-based permits can:

Produce better watershed based decisions;

Emphasize measurable improvements in water quality;

Provide greater opportunities for trading and other market based approaches;

Reduce the cost of improving the quality of the nation's waters;

Foster more effective implementation of watershed implementation plans, including TMDLs; and

Realize other ancillary benefits beyond those that have been achieved under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

The framework will address the need to provide greater incentives and mechanisms necessary to foster comprehensive assessment of watershed goals and current status, promotion of an agreed-upon watershed monitoring strategy, and participation and buy in by all major watershed stakeholders.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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