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Reports and Plans


Section 25-8-202(7), C.R.S. (commonly known as SB89-181) clarifies the roles of several Colorado state agencies regarding water quality responsibilities. Under the provisions of this section:


  1. the  Water Quality Control Commission is solely responsible for the adoption of water quality standards and classifications for state waters;
  2. the Water Quality Control Division is solely responsible for the issuance and enforcement of permits for point source discharges to Colorado surface waters; and
  3. the following identified “implementing agencies” have the initial responsibility for implementation of water quality standards to protect ground water quality:

a.  Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety;
b.  State Engineer;
c.  Oil and Gas Conservation Commission;
d.  Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division;
e.  Division of Oil and Public Safety.





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