Federal regulations require that states hold public hearings at least once every three years to review applicable surface water quality standards and, as appropriate, adopt new or modified standards, taking into consideration public concerns, EPA guidance, and new scientific and technical information. This process is called a triennial review. The triennial review also provides an opportunity to discuss the priorities and commitments the agency makes with EPA and others regarding surface water quality standards.
A triennial review for the Surface Water Quality Standards of Louisiana began on January 20, 2016 and the results of these triennial review efforts were developed into a rule (WQ097) which updated portions of the water quality standards found in LAC 33:IX.Chapter 11. The final rule for WQ097 was published in the November 2020 edition of the Louisiana Register and approved by EPA on February 1, 2021.
The Environmental Regulatory Code version of LAC 33:IX, Water Quality, Subpart 1. Water Pollution Control, Chapter 11 Surface Water Quality Standards, can be accessed electronically at:
The Next Triennial Review
The next triennial review cycle is tentatively set to initiate in March 2021. Updates related to the next triennial cycle will be posted on this webpage.
Please e-mail WQ.Standards@la.gov if you have any questions related to the triennial review.