Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Water Quality Program
WDOE Toxics Cleanup Program Aquatic Lands Cleanup Unit
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10
See ADDRESSES AND CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington has developed effluent discharge regulations that generally follow the federal standards. See the national section EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS for additional guidance. The state has also established additional requirements for antidegradation, water quality offsets, mixing zones, and sediment management. There are water quality standards for both surface water and groundwater in the state of Washington.
• Administration and enforcement. WDOE's Water Quality Program is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the effluent limitations regulations in Washington. The Toxics Cleanup Program's Aquatic Lands Cleanup Unit is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the sediment management regulations in the state.