Water Quality Standards Academy

To support water quality standards development, we offer the Water Quality Standards Academy (WQSA), which presents classroom-based and online courses, along with occasional satellite broadcasts.


Online Courses

The Online Academy offers Water Quality Standards training through the web.

Basic Course Modules

Key concept modules are designed to prepare you for the five-day Live Academy and are designed for persons with some familiarity with water quality standards. People with more experience in this subject matter may benefit from taking the online course as refresher training. These topics are covered in further detail in the Classroom WQS Academy.

Key Concepts Modules

Supplemental Topics Modules

These supplemental modules are intended for users whose interest goes beyond the core WQSA modules. These topics are covered in further detail in the Classroom WQS Academy.

Special Interest Modules

Special interest modules are intended to provide users with basic information on topics that are not regularly covered in the Classroom WQS Academy.

Webcasts

There are no webcasts scheduled at this time.

Archived Webcasts

October 4, 2012 webcast seminar on:

"Water Quality Standards 101" by Thomas Gardner, Environmental Scientist, National Water Quality Standards Branch, U.S. EPA’s Office of Science and Technology; Heather Goss, Physical Scientist, National Water Quality Standards Branch, U.S. EPA’s Office of Science and Technology; and Janita Aguirre, Environmental Scientist, National Water Quality Standards Branch, U.S. EPA’s Office of Science and Technology.

Listen to this webcast to gain an overview of the U.S. EPA’s Water Quality Standards (WQS) program. This webcast is targeted toward a broad audience, including states, territories, tribes, environmental groups, industrial groups, municipalities, the academic community, federal agencies, watershed groups, and any other interested parties. The last portion of the webcast highlights how all of these different sectors play a role in the national WQS program.

Additional Information

To receive information on announcements of future Water Quality Standards Academy sessions.

Classroom Academy

Three images showing water quality instances: scientists, waterway, marsh.

The Water Quality Standards Academy is best known for its Classroom Academy which is the introductory course designed for those with six months to one year experience with water quality standards and criteria programs. However, others may benefit from the course, including veterans of the water quality standards program who want a refresher course.

The 5-day course is aimed at states, territories, tribes, environmental groups, industrial groups, municipalities, the academic community, federal agencies, watershed groups, and other interested parties. The course is offered approximately two times each year.

Upcoming: TBA

Water quality standards are the cornerstone of state, territory, and tribal water quality standards management programs. The Classroom Academy is a comprehensive and highly structured course that introduces students to all aspects of the water quality standards program, including:

  • the interpretation and application of water quality standards regulation;
  • policies and program guidance;
  • the development of water quality criteria (human health, aquatic life, nutrient, and biological); and
  • other facets of the water program.

View these slides from modules presented at the December 2011 classroom academy:


A Brief Orientation to Water Quality Standards

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