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.
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 Current Triennial Review
The current triennial review cycle initiated on March 20, 2021 and a public hearing was held on April 28, 2021. The Department has completed its review of comments submitted for this cycle of the triennial review and finalized a Report of Findings document. In addition to public comments, all current federal Section 304(a) criteria recommendations, and the Surface Water Quality Standards (LAC 33:IX.Chapter 11) were reviewed. The Report of Findings identifies priorities for the Department regarding water quality standards revision efforts. The Report of Findings document and its associated appendices can be found at the following links.
Report of Findings: https://edms.deq.louisiana.gov/app/doc/view?doc=13424446
Appendix A (Potpourri Notice): https://edms.deq.louisiana.gov/app/doc/view?doc=13424449
Appendix B (Public Hearing Transcript): https://edms.deq.louisiana.gov/app/doc/view?doc=13424450
Appendix C (Review of Public Input): https://edms.deq.louisiana.gov/app/doc/view?doc=13424451
Appendix D (Review of Surface Water Quality Standards): https://edms.deq.louisiana.gov/app/doc/view?doc=13424454
Appendix E (Review of Section 304(a) Recommendations): https://edms.deq.louisiana.gov/app/doc/view?doc=13424455
Appendix F (Derivation of Aquatic Life Criteria): https://edms.deq.louisiana.gov/app/doc/view?doc=13424456
Appendix G (Derivation of Human Health Criteria): https://edms.deq.louisiana.gov/app/doc/view?doc=13424457
A review of the Surface Water Quality Standards identified multiple items requiring clarity and necessitating rulemaking. A notice of intent for the proposed rule (WQ111) will be published in the January 2023 Louisiana Register and can be accessed at this link: https://www.doa.la.gov/media/515j1ve3/2301.pdf. Public comments for this proposed rule should cite WQ111 and must be received no later than March 8, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. Additionally, a public hearing will be held via Zoom on February 28, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. at the following link: https://deqlouisiana.zoom.us/j/87838155152?pwd=OWs2eDZUQnByc3gzb2VOa1Z5WXg3Zz09 or by telephone at (636) 651-3182 using the conference code 725573.
Please e-mail WQ.Standards@la.gov if you have any questions related to the triennial review.