Feb 01, 2011

EPA Approves Nebraska's List of Impaired Waters

State now has a total of 259 impaired waters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Nebraska’s list of impaired waters, which removes 36 waters from the previous impaired waters list and adds 107 waters. Today’s decision brings the total number of impaired waters in the state to 259.

EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said, “The impaired waters list helps the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) set priorities for restoration activities and reduce sources of water pollution in the state. This is a big step toward cleaner water for all Nebraskans,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks.

The NDEQ submitted its impaired waters list to EPA for review and approval as required by the Clean Water Act (CWA). The CWA requires EPA to review the state’s list of impaired waters to determine if the state reasonably considered available water quality-related data, and identifies waters to be listed.

A water body is placed on the impaired waters list when monitoring finds that pollutant levels prevent the lake, river or stream from attaining its beneficial uses. Beneficial uses in Nebraska include human recreation, agricultural water supply and maintaining healthy aquatic life.