Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Amendments to Rhode Island Water Quality Regulations

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has recently proposing amendments to the Rhode Island Water Quality Regulations The proposed amendments are in accordance with Section 303 of the Clean Water Act, which requires that States review applicable water quality standards from time to time and hold public hearings for the purpose of modification and adoption of new standards (commonly known as “Triennial Review”).

DEM has proposed amendments to the Regulations include:

  • Adoption of coldwater and warmwater fishery definitions,
  • Provide the Department authority to issue a conditional approval for certain sewer system connections,
  • Change of water quality classification for Prince's Pond from freshwater (Class A) to saltwater (Class SA),
  • Amendment regulations to include site specific dissolved copper criteria for specific water bodies,
  • Correct a few specific typographical errors.

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