EPA Records Schedule 446
Status: Final, 02/20/2007
Title: The Waterbody System (WBS)
Function: 108-023-02 - Water Monitoring and Forecasting
NARA Disposal Authority:
This schedule authorizes the disposition of the record copy in any media (media neutral), excluding any records already in electronic form. Records designated for permanent retention must be transferred to the National Archives in accordance with NARA standards at the time of transfer.
The Waterbody System (WBS) is a database of state water quality assessment information collected to meet the Agency's Congressional reporting requirements under Section 305(b) of the Clean Water Act. States submit information to EPA on several types of surface waters affected by point or nonpoint source pollution, lakes monitored under the Clean Lakes Program, and surface waters requiring the assigning of total maximum daily loads limits to restore or maintain their water quality.
Information entered into WBS includes: waterbody identification, water quality status, sources of impairment, assessment information, and causes of impairment. States, territories, and interstate commissions assemble available monitoring information and make judgments on water quality before summary information can be entered into the system. Information is submitted to EPA every two years. WBS stores the components and the results of the assessment, and is not designed to store, manipulate, or analyze raw monitoring data.
The WBS is linked to the EPA Reach File and STORET. The NPDES number also links facilities reported in WBS to Industrial Facilities Discharge (IFD) system and the Permit Compliance System (PCS).
Item a: Electronic software program
Delete when superseded by routine software updates and quality assurance check completed or when no longer needed.
Item b: Input
Follow instructions for EPA 171 - Input and Source Records.
Item c: Electronic data
Delete when superseded or no longer needed.
Item d: Output and reports
File with related records and follow instructions for the related records.
Item e: Supporting documentation
Maintain most current version and destroy when system is discontinued.
Other related series include:
- EPA 400 - Storage and Retrieval Water Quality Data Base (STORET)
- EPA 419 - Permit Compliance System (PCS)
- EPA 444 - Industrial Facilities Discharge (IFD) File
- EPA 445 - Reach File
Reasons for Disposition:
Records support operations required by statute and regulation. Disposition meets administrative and program needs. This is an automated version of the information in EPA 429 - State 305(b) Water Quality Reports, which is disposable. Long-term responsibility for the data should lie with the submitting state.
Region 5, Water Division, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch
- Contact: Cary McElhinney
- Telephone: 312-886-4313
EPA 171, EPA 400, EPA 419, EPA 429, EPA 444, EPA 445
Previous NARA Disposal Authority:
EPA Approval: 12/19/1996
NARA Approval: 06/12/1998