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Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Bacteria - 1986

Section 304(a)(1) of the Clean water Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-217) requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to publish criteria for water quality accurately reflecting the latest scientific knowledge on the kind and extent of all identifiable effects on health and welfare which may be expected from the presence of pollutants in any body of water, including ground water. This document is a revision of proposed criteria based upon a consideration of comments received from other Federal agencies, State agencies, special interest groups, and individual scientists. The criteria contained in this document supplements previously published EPA bacteriological criteria in Quality Criteria for Water (1976).

Publisher - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

Subjects - Water Quality; Bacteria, Fecal Coliform


Citation: EPA. 1986. Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Bacteria - 1986. Washington (DC): Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Water; EPA440/5-84-002. 24 pp http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/upload/2009_04_13_beaches_1986crit.pdf