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Water Quality Standards Academy

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

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Classroom Academy

 

The WQS Academy is best known for its in-person 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 twice each year.

If there are classroom sessions of the WQS Academy scheduled in the near future, information will appear in the sidebar on the right of this page.

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Online Courses

*Updates Coming Soon: EPA finalized revisions to the WQS regulations (40 CFR 131) in October 2015, and therefore the online course modules may be out of date. The Introduction to Water Quality Standards presentation provides the most recent information.

Introduction to Water Quality Standards Presentation

This Introduction to Water Quality Standards presentation is designed to provide an overview of the fundamentals of water quality standards, and to prepare you for the five-day classroom academy. The information 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. People with more experience in this subject matter may benefit from reviewing this material as refresher training. These topics are covered in further detail in the classroom academy.

Key Concepts Modules

These key concept modules provide fundamental background information on each of the water quality standards topics.

Supplemental Topics Modules

These supplemental modules are intended for users whose interest goes beyond the key concepts modules. These topics are covered in further detail in the classroom 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 academy.

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