Louisiana Water Quality Regulations and Standards
Louisiana's water quality regulations and standards are designed to 1) provide for the protection and preservation of the abundant natural resources of Louisiana's many and varied aquatic ecosystems; 2) protect the public health and welfare that might otherwise be threatened by degradation of water quality; 3) protect or enhance the quality of state waters for designated uses; and 4) serve the objectives of the Louisiana Water Control Law
and Federal Clean Water Act
WQ108 – Post-WQ097 Cleanup Rule. This Rule clarified items found late in the rulemaking process of WQ097, including a deleted “use”, and extraneous “are” and two inaccurate subsegment boundary descriptions.
WQ106 – Cross Lake and Cross Bayou Stream Descriptions. This Rule was necessary so that tributaries in the Louisiana portion of the Cross Lake watershed have the "drinking water supply" designation applied.
WQ103 – Wilson Slough and Bradley Slough Turbidity Criteria Revisions. This Rule revised the turbidity criteria for two subsegments in the Pearl River Basin (PRB) from 25 nephelometric turbidity units (NTU) to a more appropriate turbidity criteria of 50 NTU.
WQ101 – Bayou Chene DO Criterion revision. This Rule classified subsegment 050603 (Bayou Chene-From headwaters to Lacassine Bayou; includes Bayou Grand Marais) as naturally dystrophic waters with a seasonal dissolved oxygen criteria of 5 mg/L December-February and 3 mg/L March-November.
WQ097 – Water Quality Standards Revision. This Rule corrected typographical errors, incorrect spelling and incorrect references throughout Chapter 11 in the water quality regulations, added ammonia criterion for freshwater, and revised subsegment descriptions and boundaries using up-to-date technology.
- Triennial Review - Surface Water Quality Standards for Louisiana
- Louisiana Water Quality Standards Ecoregions: For Use in Ecologically-Driven Water Quality Standards - The ecoregions developed by LDEQ provide the framework and basis for determining regionally appropriate water quality criteria that will be regulated for the protection of designated uses within water bodies of Louisiana.This document provides the basis for development of ecoregions in Louisiana.
- Dissolved Oxygen Criteria Use Attainability Analysis in the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins
- Dissolved Oxygen Criteria Use Attainability Analysis in the Eastern Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Plains Ecoregion and Proposed Updates to Volume 4 of the Water Quality Management Plan
- BEACH Act Recreational Criteria for Louisiana’s Coastal Marine Primary Contact Recreation Waters - On May 20, 2016, LDEQ adopted final BEACH Act Criteria for Louisiana’s coastal marine waters (Rule WQ092 in Louisiana Register). LDEQ submitted the final certified rule package to EPA Region 6 for approval on June 8, 2016 (EDMS Document ID 10221023); EPA approved the final rule on September 1, 2016 (EDMS Document ID 10341562). In summary, the revisions contained in rule WQ092 added a definition for enterococci to LAC 33:IX.107 and 1105. Additionally, revisions were made to LAC 33:IX.1113 and 1123 to adopt enterococci criteria for 133 coastal marine subsegments designated as primary contact recreation waters. Additional documentation relating to WQ092 rulemaking efforts can be found by searching EDMS using Agency Interest number 168750 and limiting the search to documents after October 2014 with WQ092 in the description field.