STAKEHOLDER MEETING | Surface Water Quality Rulemaking Virtual Meeting

ADEQ invites permittees and other stakeholders to join us for this two-hour virtual meeting, as we discuss the upcoming rulemaking process for the Surface Water Protection Program.

Date: Aug. 26, 2021
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Online via GoToWebinar | Register Today >
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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In May 2021, Governor Ducey signed HB 2691, which created Arizona’s first new non-federal environmental regulatory program in nearly three decades. The Surface Water Protection Program becomes effective on Sept. 29, 2021, and will protect at least 300 waters in Arizona that are not currently protected under the federal Clean Water Act.

The new law requires ADEQ to publish an initial list of state protected waters within 30 days of the programs’ effective date. In addition, ADEQ must develop the following by Dec. 31, 2022:

  • Water Quality Standards for Arizona Protected Surface Waters
  • Arizona Protected Surface Waters List
  • List of impaired Arizona Surface Waters

Best management practices for activities within a protected surface must also be established by rule.

ADEQ will combine all required rules into one rule package. The agency is developing technical papers that will serve as the foundation for rulemaking. These draft papers will be distributed to stakeholders from September 2021 to February 2022 for review and comment. Draft rule language will be available in Spring 2022 and formal rulemaking will begin in Summer 2022.