5-Year Nonpoint Source Management Plan

The 5-Year Nonpoint Source Management Plan guides and directs ADEQ's activities for state fiscal years 2015 – 2019 and fulfills the requirements of Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The plan comprehensively describes a framework for agency coordination and cooperation and describes strategies for employing effective management measures and programs to control nonpoint source pollution statewide.

Four goals are established in this 5-year Plan to achieve this mission:

  • Identify impairments to surface and groundwater quality
  • Prevent and reduce NPS pollution discharges to protect and restore surface or groundwater resources
  • Coordinate efforts of various programs within ADEQ and with other agencies and partners to prevent and reduce nonpoint source pollution impacts to surface and groundwater
  • Evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the nonpoint source pollution program and communicate success
Each of these goals has specific objectives and strategies (identified in the Strategic Planning Table, found in Chapter III of the plan) that will be implemented in order to achieve measurable outcomes over the next five years. Measures of success will include removing waters from the state 303(d) list, satisfying existing ADEQ and EPA performance measures, and increasing the quantity and quality of grant applications in Targeted Watersheds. The Clean Water Act requires states to report annually an overview of the fiscal year activities outlined in the 5-Year Nonpoint Source Management Plan.

View the current 5-Year Nonpoint Source Management Plan