A Discussion Paper on Developing State Water Quality Standards for Wetlands

By Jon Kusler, Esq. – Association of State Wetland Managers – June 2011

This paper addresses several key issues: What are Clean Water Act and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirements for state adoption of water quality standards for wetlands? What wetland water quality standards have other states adopted? What recommendations may be made to states based upon these requirements and state experiences?  This paper was prepared to assist the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) in preparing draft water quality criteria for wetlands. It has been updated with funding support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To read full paper, click here.