This is the formal review of the state’s designated uses of Alabama’s surface water resources and the water quality standards that protect these designated uses.
ADEM’S Triennial Review is approaching FAST!
We need your information to include in our comments!
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) has set a date to receive comments on the Triennial Review of Alabama’s Water Quality Standards.This is the formal review of the state’s designated uses of Alabama’s surface water resources and the water quality standards that protect these designated uses.
Alabama’s water quality standards are designed to protect water quality in rivers, lakes, creeks, streams and estuaries. The standards also establish criteria for the propagation of wildlife, fish and other aquatic life as well as the protection of human health. To read the report from 2012, please click here.
Copies of the current rules are available by clicking here. (starting at page 280)
As part of the 2015 triennial review process, ADEM will hold a public comment period through July 16, as well as hold a public hearing at 10 am on July 16th, to give citizens, stakeholders and other groups the opportunity to submit comments on the issues.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Identify areas in your watershed where people swim and recreate
- Take pictures of people in those areas swimming and recreating to include with your comments
If people are swimming/recreating in an area, the quality of the water MUST be up to par! If we can show this to ADEM, we can put pressure on the state to upgrade the classification of your area!
Please take the time to gather your ideas, thoughts and needs and submit them to ADEM.
Written submissions and other inquiries should be directed to:
ADEM Hearing Officer
Office of General Counsel
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
P.O. Box 301463
Montgomery, AL 36130-1463
or by e-mail at: [email protected]
ARA will submit comments as well. If you would like for ARA to include your issues in our comment letter please send them to Mitch Reid at[email protected] by July 3, 2015.
Don’t worry – we will remind you closer to the date of the public hearing in case you want to join us as we present the compilation of suggestions and ideas!