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Focus on Interim Wastewater Permitting

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
05-10-006January 2005February 2015
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Author(s) Gary Bailey
Description Washington state has approximately 650 waterways or segments of rivers, streams, or marine waters that are polluted. According to the federal Clean Water Act, water cleanup plans or Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) need to be completed on the polluted waters to make them healthy again.

Meanwhile, communities and industries continue to discharge treated wastewater into the already polluted streams. In addition, some communities and industries are interested in growing, and new industries are emerging. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has been working with its advisory committee, the Water Quality Partnership, to determine how to balance the needs of communities and businesses while protecting our state’s waterways. We’ve developed an interim approach to balance those needs.

This focus sheet provides an overview of that approach.

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Keywords partnership, wastewater, permit, water quality, quality, waste, Total Maximum Daily Load
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