Economic Guidance for Water Quality Standards

This guidance is for use by states and EPA regional offices in considering economics at various points in the process of setting or revising water quality standards.

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Workbook

Complete Workbook including the cover memo

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Worksheets

All worksheets have been bundled together in this document.

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Spreadsheet tools to evaluate economic impacts

The purpose of these spreadsheets is to help states, tribes, and stakeholders implement the recommendations in EPA's Interim Economic Guidance for Water Quality Standards, Workbook (1995). The spreadsheets supplement The Guidance by guiding the user through the necessary calculation steps to successfully implement The Guidance recommendations.

  • UAAs and Variances – Public Sector (excel)(1 pg, 206 K)
    These worksheets provide suggested information and methods to conduct an analysis of potential substantial and widespread economic and social impacts of attainment of designated uses when public sector entities must meet certain water quality standards.
  • UAAs and Variances – Private Sector (excel)(1 pg, 240 K)
    These worksheets provide suggested information and methods to conduct an analysis of potential substantial and widespread economic and social impacts of attainment of designated uses when private sector entities must meet certain water quality standards.
  • Antidegradation – Public Sector (excel)(1 pg, 201 K)
    These worksheets provide suggested information and methods to conduct an analysis of potential interference with an important economic and social development when public sector entities must maintain high-quality waters.
  • Antidegradation – Private Sector (excel)(1 pg, 177 K)
    These worksheets provide suggested information and methods to conduct an analysis of potential interference with an important economic and social development when private sector entities must maintain high-quality waters.

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