Water Quality Standards; Data Evaluation, Assessment, and Review; and Data Management

Water quality in Louisiana is managed under the two broad areas of surface water and groundwater. Surface water management seeks to protect the quality of all waters of the state, including rivers, streams, bayous, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands, estuaries, and many other types of surface water. The Aquifer Evaluation and Protection Unit seeks to protect the quality of all waters found in underground aquifers as well as the surface water sources of that groundwater. For more information on surface water quality data, standards, and assessment please email Water Quality Contact.

Current Events

FINAL 2016 Louisiana Water Quality Inventory: Integrated Report (305(b)/303(d)) - On February 10, 2017 the 2016 Louisiana Water Quality Inventory: Integrated Report (305(b)/303(d)) was approved by EPA with one Integrated Report Category (IRC) revision to one subsegment. All other portions of the report have been fully approved by EPA. In addition to the changes made by EPA, IRCs for eight water body impairment combinations were changed from IRC 5 (TMDL required) to IRC 4a (TMDL completed). These can be identifed by IRC 41 in the IR Category column. The TMDLs for these impairments were identified during EPA's review period in 2016. The assessments contained in the report are now considered final.

A Long-Term Vision for Assessment, Restoration, and Protection under the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) Program

All Other Activities and Reports

Water Quality Management Plan/Continuing Planning Process

Nutrient Management Strategy - Learn more about what Louisiana is doing to manage nutrients in state surface waters.  

Water Quality Regulations and Standards - Louisiana's Water Quality Regulations can be found at this link. Look for Part IX: Water Quality in the table entitled ERC (LAC Title 33). Chapter 11 of Part IX provides all water quality standards (designated uses and criteria) for Louisiana.

BEACH Act Recreational Criteria for Louisiana’s Coastal Marine Primary Contact Recreation Waters

2016 Triennial Review, Surface Water Quality Standards for 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

Ambient Surface Water Quality Monitoring Data - Surface water quality data collected routinely by LDEQ at locations throughout the state. 

Quality Assurance Project Plan for the Ambient Surface Water Quality Monitoring Network (QAPP_1004_R08)

Water Quality Assessments - Louisiana Water Quality Inventory: Integrated Report (305(b)/303(d)) - Surface water assessments to determine needs for protection and improvement of water quality. Reports from 2012 through the FINAL 2016 Integrated Report are available.

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program

Water Quality Inspections Home Page - LDEQ's Inspections Division conducts ambient surface water monitoring.

Geographic Information System - Provides mapping information for Louisiana's water bodies, monitoring sites, and more.

Louisiana's Fishing and Swimming Advisories - Fish consumption and swimming advisories issued jointly by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and LDEQ.

DEQ Mercury Initiative - LDEQ's program to reduce and where possible eliminate mercury releases to the environment.

Water Quality Educational Resources

Page last updated February 16, 2017


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