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Clean Water Act Self Assessment Tools

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the primary Federal Statute regulating the protection of the nation's waters. The CWA established national programs for prevention, reduction, and elimination of pollution in navigable water and groundwater, including a water quality standards program, a permit program for discharge and treatment of wastewater and stormwater, and an oil pollution prevention program. Federal CWA regulations are set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR Parts 100-136, 140, 230-233, 401-471, and 501-503. Below are available checklists and audit protocols to help organizations determine their compliance with the CWA. 

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NPDES Compliance Inspection Report - This sample inspection report was designed by EPA to help inspectors to determine a facility's compliance with NPDES.

Protocol for Conducting Environmental Compliance Audits under the Stormwater Program This protocol which includes detailed regulatory checklists was developed by EPA in 2005 to help businesses and organizations conduct environmental compliance audits under the storm water program.

Protocol for Conducting Environmental Compliance Audits for Municipal Facilities under US EPA's Wastewater Regulations This protocol which includes detailed regulatory checklists was developed in 2001 by EPA to help businesses and organizations conduct thorough and comprehensive environmental compliance audits under EPA's waste water regulations.

SPCC Inspection Checklist - This is a sample checklist used by EPA Region 2 inspectors to determine a facility's compliance with the spill prevention control and countermeasure requirements under the Clean Water Act.

SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors - EPA has developed a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Guidance Document to assist regional inspectors in implementing the SPCC program and in understanding its applicability.  The document is also available as a guide to owners and operators of facilities that may be subject to the requirements of the SPCC rule and the general public on how EPA intends the SPCC rule to be implemented.


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