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Water Quality

The UMRBA supports and provides staff for two work groups, the Water Quality Task Force and the Water Quality Executive Committee, which provide forums for consultation among the five state water quality management agencies, as well as Regions 5 and 7 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Both groups address issues directly related to the states’ Clean Water Act responsibilities on the Mississippi River as a shared interstate resource, including monitoring, waterbody assessments, listings of impaired waters, and total maximum daily loads (TMDLs).  The distinction between the groups is that the Task Force examines issues at a technical/program level, while the Executive Committee functions at a policy level and seeks to implement the approaches identified by the Task Force. The efforts of these groups have enhanced interstate cooperation in Clean Water Act implementation and resulted in a number of reports regarding Upper Mississippi River water quality issues.

Recent Products and Publications

       
 

Upper Mississippi River Clean Water Act Monitoring Strategy 2013-2022

Summary Flyer PDF

Resolution Regarding Upper Mississippi River Clean Water Act Monitoring PDF

Recommended Monitoring Plan PDF

Options and Considerations Document PDF (6.5 MB)

UMRBA's Water Quality Task Force has developed a coordinated, comprehensive UMR Clean Water Act Recommended Monitoring Plan.  This Plan has been approved via resolution by the UMRBA Board and endorsed by the Water Quality Executive Committee.  The Options and Considerations Document contains technical information considered by the Task Force in the development of the Plan.

 
       
 

2013 Water Quality Program Report:  Protecting Water Quality Through Interstate Cooperation PDF

This report summarizes UMRBA's recent water quality efforts, previews upcoming activities, and notes challenges to be addressed regarding UMR water quality.

 
       
 

Upper Mississippi River Aquatic Life Designated Uses: Improving Protection Under the Clean Water Act

Full Report PDF (4.1 MB)

Summary Flier PDF

This February 2012 report summarizes the states’ current approaches to Upper Mississippi River (UMR) aquatic life use protection under the Clean Water Act, examines data relevant to UMR aquatic life designations, and recommends improvements to aquatic life use protection.

 
       
 

Upper Mississippi River Clean Water Act Biological Assessment Implementation Guidance

Full Report PDF (2.2 MB)

Summary Flier PDF

This September 2011 document is intended for use by the states as they consider integrating biological information and assessment approaches into their Upper Mississippi River Clean Water Act programs.  It is focused on the River's main channel and examines the efficacy of existing tools in supporting biologically-based assessment of aquatic life use attainment.

 
       
 

Upper Mississippi River Nutrient Monitoring, Occurrence, and Local Impacts:  A Clean Water Act Perspective

Full Report PDF (6.4MB)

Summary Flier PDF

This September 2011 report examines Upper Mississippi River nutrient monitoring, occurrence, and impacts on Clean Water Act designated uses.  The report's findings and recommendations are intended to inform the states' ongoing water quality protection and nutrient reduction efforts.

 
       
 

Addressing Nutrient-Related Water Quality Impacts on the Upper Mississippi River:  Clean Water Act Approaches, Conservation Efforts, and Collaborative Opportunities PDF

This September 2011 report summarizes and synthesizes discussions from two cross-programmatic workshops held in August and September 2011.  These workshops brought together policy makers and practitioners from Clean Water Act and agricultural conservation programs to share information and identify new opportunities for collaboration and progress.

 
       

Other Products and Publications

Examining Biological Indicators for the Upper Mississippi River:  Applications in Clean Water Act & Ecosystem Restoration Programs Workshop (July 2009) PDF (2.3MB)

Joint Governors' Statement on Water Quality Protection for the Upper Mississippi River PDF

Issue Paper:  Sediment-Related Water Quality Criteria for the Upper Mississippi River PDF

Organizational Options for Interstate Water Quality Management on the Upper Mississippi River PDF

State Approaches to Issuing and Using Fish Consumption Advisories on the Upper Mississippi River PDF

The States' Approaches to Clean Water Act Monitoring, Assessment, and Impairment Decisions
PDF 3.1 MB

Memorandum of Understanding: Interstate Assessment Reaches for Upper Mississippi River Water Quality Reporting PDF

State Information

Illinois   All of the following links leave the UMRBA web site:

Water Pollution Control:

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Water 

Water Quality Standards

305(b) Assessment

303(d) Impaired Waters

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

Drinking Water/Public Water Supply

Fish Consumption Advisories

Iowa   All of the following links leave the UMRBA web site:

Water Pollution Control:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Water Quality Bureau 

Water Quality Standards

305(b) Assessment

303(d) Impaired Waters

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

Drinking Water/Public Water Supply

Fish Consumption Advisories PDF

Minnesota   All of the following links leave the UMRBA web site:

Water Pollution Control:

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Water)

Water Quality Standards

305(b) Assessment

303(d) Impaired Waters

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

Drinking Water/Public Water Supply

Fish Consumption Advisories

Missouri   All of the following links leave the UMRBA web site:

Water Pollution Control

Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Water Pollution Control Program 

Water Quality Standards

305(b) Assessment

303(d) Impaired Waters

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

Drinking Water/Public Water Supply

Fish Consumption Advisories

Wisconsin   All of the following links leave the UMRBA web site:

Water Pollution Control

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (Water) 

Water Quality Standards

305(b) Assessment

303(d) Impaired Waters

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

Drinking Water/Public Water Supply

Fish Consumption Advisories

 

Federal Information

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  All of the following links leave the UMRBA web site:

Office of Water is responsible for EPA's water quality programs, including implementation of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.

Mississippi River Basin is a web site maintained by EPA.

EPA Region 5 serves Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

EPA Region 7 serves Iowa and Missouri.

STORET (STOrage and RETrieval system) is a data system that stores and manages water quality data collected by federal agencies, state and local agencies, Indian tribes, volunteers, universities, and other private organizations.

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) is a research program developing tools to monitor and assess the status and trends of national ecological resources.

Water quality standards from all 50 states can be accessed on U.S. EPA's web site.

EPA's water quality monitoring and assessment information includes national guidance documents and national water quality reports.

Total Maximum Daily Load web site includes regulations, policy, and guidance documents related to 303(d) impaired waters and TMDLs, as well as a national overview of impaired waters.

EPA's drinking water home page includes drinking water standards, information about source water protection and public drinking water systems, and links to local drinking water information.

Fish advisory site provides links to state consumption advisories as well as national guidance and information concerning ongoing coordination efforts.

U.S. Geological Survey   All of the following links leave the UMRBA web site:

USGS Water Resources mission is to provide water resource information for the nation.

USGS Water Quality Information page can direct you to all the USGS programs and publications related to water quality.

National Water Information System (NWIS) provides access to water quality and flow data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) is where USGS collects and analyzes data in more than 50 major river basins and aquifers across the nation.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   The following link leaves the UMRBA web site:

Long Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP) is part of  the Upper Mississippi River System Environmental Management Program.  LTRMP conducts water quality monitoring in four navigation pools (Pools 4, 8, 13, and 26) and on the Open River reach below St. Louis (river miles 29-80).  The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is the USGS research facility which helps implement the LTRMP, along with state-based field stations.

 

Other Links  The following link leaves the UMRBA web site:

Upper Mississippi River Water Quality Assessment was published by the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee (UMRCC) and U.S. EPA Region 5 in March 2002.

 

Project Reports

Upper Mississippi River Clean Water Act Planning and Coordination

- January-March 2010 Quarterly Report to the State of Minnesota PDF

- April-June 2010 Quarterly Report to the State of Minnesota PDF

- July-September 2010 Quarterly Report to the State of Minnesota PDF

- October-December 2010 Quarterly Report to the State of Minnesota PDF

- January-March 2011 Quarterly Report to the State of Minnesota PDF

- April-June 2011 Quarterly Report to the State of Minnesota PDF

- July-September 2011 Quarterly Report to the State of Minnesota PDF

- Final Report PDF