Free Watershed Webcast Airs Sept 10

On Sept. 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a free Webcast on the "Introduction to Water Quality Standards," the second in a series on the Clean Water Act (CWA).

The CWA is the cornerstone of surface water quality protection in the United States and it sets broad goals for restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's water. Water quality standards are aimed at translating the broad goals of the CWA into waterbody-specific objectives.

The Webcast will highlight the three major components of state and tribal water quality standards: designated uses, water quality criteria, antidegradation, and will include a case study of how one state is working to strengthen its program.

Thomas Gardner, Ph.D., environmental scientist and Heather Goss, physical scientist, both of U.S. EPA's National Water Quality Standards Branch; and William (Bill) Cole, research scientist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Water Quality Standards Unit, will speak.

The Watershed Academy is now offering a certificate to everyone who attends at least 1 hour and 30 minutes of the Webcast. To register, visit

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