Arkansas Water - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Arkansas Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Water quality standards for Arkansas surface waters: Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulations No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8,and 9

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Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Control Act, Arkansas Code Annotated (AR Code Ann.) 8-4-101 to 8-4-106, AR Code Ann. 8-4-201 to 8-4-208

State Water Permit, AR Code Ann. 8-4-217 and AR Code Ann. 8-5-205

Drinking water, AR Code Ann. 20-28-101 to 20-28-106

Regulatory Agencies

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Water Division

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APCEC)

Arkansas Department of Health (DOH)

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (Commission)

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Arkansas has developed a water pollution permitting scheme that follows the federal regulations. The state is fully authorized by the federal government to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

EPA has also granted primacy to DOH to administer the federal rules to protect water supplies under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

Administration and enforcement. ADEQ's Water Division administers and enforces Arkansas's water pollution control regulations. DOH has primary responsibility for the regulation and oversight of public water system in the state.

State Requirements


ADEQ's Water Division is organized into four branches: Inspection, NPDES, Water Quality Planning, and Water Enforcement.

Inspection Branch

The Inspection Branch serves as the enforcement arm of the ...

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