The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing
recommended water quality criteria to reduce problems associated with excess
nutrients in waterbodies in specific areas of the country. This is the first
time an effort has been made to establish nutrient standards that are protective
of ecosystem health -- rather than levels designed to protect human health in
drinking water. EPA is working with the states and tribes to adopt
regional-specific and locally appropriate water quality criteria for nutrients
in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, and wetlands in seventeen ecoregions.
Click on the following hyperlinks for details about the process of developing
National Nutrient Criteria and specific details on proposed
Ecoregional Nutrient Criteria.
Cacapon Institute made a presentation to the WV Environmental Quality Board on
the relationship between the USEPA's proposed nutrient criteria and the nutrient
levels we find in our study streams. To see that presentation, click
here. Following the slide show, you may wish to take
a look at the land use maps of all of our study sites.