Governing Law and Regulations
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Division of Environment Bureau of Water
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kansas regulates water temperatures under its general water quality standards. The state also requires that temperature be part of the state's groundwater monitoring system for certain solid waste facilities with groundwater monitoring programs. Therefore, the Kansas Water Pollution Control Program is more stringent than the federal standards since it regulates both surface water and groundwater. See the national sections EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS and GROUNDWATER for more information about the federal groundwater monitoring and protection requirements and surface water quality standards.
• Administration and enforcement. KDHE's Bureau of Water administers and enforces the state's Water Quality Program, including thermal discharge requirements under the authority of the Kansas Water Pollution Control Act (KS Stat. Ann. 65-3301 to 65-3313).
WATER TEMPERATURE STANDARDS
Kansas provides water temperature standards as minimum conditions of water quality and also provides a set of standards based on usage. As a general rule, a discharge must not raise the temperature of a receiving surface above 32 degrees centigrade (ºC) (90 degrees Fahrenheit (ºF)). ...