Regulatory Resources

When developing a watershed-scale plan, you must always consider current legal and administrative frameworks.

Federal

The EPA offers guidance for implementing water programs. These include:

Additional federal policy may apply in certain situations. Please visit our list of federal statutory and regulatory provisions to consider when developing a watershed-scale management plan. The list is not considered to be an all-inclusive list of applicable legislation. Be aware that state and local ordinances may be more environmentally protective than the federal regulations listed here.

Washington State

In Washington State, the Department of Ecology provides guidance for surface water quality and ground water quality.

The Washington State Department of Health offers regulatory and compliance information specific to drinking water.

Additional state policy may apply in certain situations. Please visit our list of state regulations to consider when developing a watershed-scale management plan. The list is intended as an overview. It is not considered to be an all-inclusive list of applicable legislation. Be aware that local ordinances may also apply.