Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Water Resources
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Rhode Island has adopted by reference the federal effluent limits. The state has also developed standards for surface water quality for both freshwater and seawater, wastewater discharge restrictions, including for new discharges, and a process for prioritizing the development of TMDLs for compliance with the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).
• Administration and enforcement. DEM's Office of Water Resources administers the state's water quality program. EPA is responsible for approving DEM's TMDLs for impaired surface waters in the state.
SURFACE WATER QUALITY STANDARDS
RI Rule 12.190.001-8
Rhode Island has developed standards for surface waters in the state. A water quality standard defines ...