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Environmental Law

The below link contains laws, regulations and policy guidance for below topics:

  • Animal Feeding Operations
  • Biosolids
  • Drinking Water
  • Ground Water
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Impaired Waters
  • Mercury
  • Mountaintop Mining
  • Oceans and Coastal Waters
  • Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia
  • Surface Water: Lakes, Rivers, and Streams
  • Stormwater
  • Wastewater
  • Watersheds
  • Wetlands

Water is one of our most precious resources. We depend upon it for our livelihoods, healthy ecosystems, and a robust economy. Yet, a host of challenges, such as aging infrastructure, population changes, and security events, threaten the safety and sustainability of our water resources. To address these complex issues, EPA is conducting research to support innovative scientific and technological solutions that ensure adequate supplies of clean water to protect people’s health and livelihood, to protect and restore watersheds and aquatic ecosystems, and to strengthen our economy.

Through the below link, you can see research in below areas. You can also access to publications and webinars. 

  • Watersheds
  • Nutrients
  • Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Drinking Water and Wastewater
  • ​Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
  • Wildland Fire and Water Quality
  • Stormwater Management
  • Water Reuse
  • Water System and Security Resilience
The EPA is headquartered in Washington D.C.
The reason the EPA was established was to consolidate federal research into one agency to ensure environmental protection.
Click the picture to link to the webpage containing these resources. 

The Office of Water (OW) of EPA ensures drinking water is safe, and restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants and wildlife.

OW is responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, and portions of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Ocean Dumping Ban Act, Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, Shore Protection Act, Marine Plastics Pollution Research and Control Act, London Dumping Convention, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and several other statutes.

OW provides guidance, specifies scientific methods and data collection requirements, performs oversight and facilitates communication among those involved. OW helps the states and American Indian tribes to build capacity, and water programs can be delegated to them for implementation.