Colorado Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Colorado Water Quality Control Act, Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 25-8-101 to 25-8-702

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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits: 5 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1002-61 Sections 1 to 17

Effluent limitations: 5 CCR 1002-62

Thermal discharges: 5 CCR 1002-31 to 1002-38

Modifications and variances: CRS 25-8-503

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO): 5 CCR 1002-81

Pretreatment program: 5 CCR 1002-63 Sections 1 to 83

Wetlands: 5 CCR 1002-82

Drinking water: 5 CCR 1002-11

Groundwater protection standards: 5 CCR 1002-41

Underground injection: 6 CCR 1007-3

Graywater: 5 CCR 1002-86

Operator certification: 5 CCR 1003-2

Enforcement: CRS 25-8-601 to 25-8-612

Financial assistance:

Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund: 5 CCR 1002-51

Water and wastewater infrastructure programs: 5 CCR 1002-55

Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund: 5 CCR 1002-52

Regulatory Agencies

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Water Quality Control Division (WQCD)

CDPHE Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC)

Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Colorado's water pollution control regulations generally follow the federal regulations. The state is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges and has also incorporated the federal pretreatment regulations by reference.

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