The WPP is a statewide program with a mission to protect, enhance and restore the quality and value of the waters of the Commonwealth. The program consists of environmental scientists, biologists, engineers and planners engaged in various activities required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and associated regulations (see CWA Summary, CWA and the Water Quality Standards Regulation). The CWA directs states to monitor and report on the condition of their water resources.
Documentation of the condition of surface waters as to whether they are healthy or impaired is essential to the Nation’s water pollution control effort. It is the principal means by which we evaluate water quality, create plans necessary to restore and protect our surface waters, and assess progress toward our water quality goals.
WPP personnel are co-located with the Department’s Central Regional Office (CERO) in Worcester, a strategic location affording the best statewide access to conduct surface water monitoring activities. WPP is responsible for: Developing and implementing the Surface Water Quality Standards (SWQS) regulations (314 CMR 4.00) pursuant to the CWA Monitoring the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of surface waters in the Commonwealth […]