Colorado 2012 Nonpoint Source Management Plan

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Permitting/Regulatory Guidance - Guide/Handbook: Colorado 2012 Nonpoint Source Management Plan

Abstract

The amendments to the federal Clean Water Act in 1987 authorized Section 319 and created the Nonpoint Source Management Program. Nonpoint source pollution typically comes from dispersed sources such as nutrient-rich runoff from agricultural lands or metals-laden sediments from mine waste or tailings. This diffuse nature distinguishes nonpoint source pollution from point source pollution, which in contrast requires some form of a discrete conveyance, such as a pipe. The Water Quality Control Division (the Division) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is the lead agency for monitoring and reporting on the quality of state waters, preventing water pollution, protecting, restoring and enhancing the quality of surface and groundwater, and assuring that safe drinking wateris provided from all public water systems. The Division also has primary responsibility to administer the Nonpoint Source Management Area (NPS program). The NPS Management Plan establishes a plan that is intended to be flexible and responsive to changing conditions and situations. Successful implementation of the plan will lead to measurable improvements in water quality in segments currently impaired by nonpoint sources of pollution. Additionally, efforts to protect existing good water quality will continue whenever nonpoint source related

opportunities are identified.

Author 
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment








Published 
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2012





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Citation

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 2012. Colorado 2012 Nonpoint Source Management Plan. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 79p. Guide/Handbook sent to