WATER QUALITY DIVISION

Goals & Objectives for 2019 Biennium


Public Water Supply Bureau

  • Maintain state primacy by adopting federal regulations as required. Ensure accurate and timely data entry, compliance determinations and reporting to EPA.
  • Work with Enforcement to ensure accurate and timely entry of enforcement actions. Assist Enforcement case managers and public water system owners with resolutions for outstanding enforcement cases.
  • Provide emergency guidance and assistance to public drinking water systems by continuing to provide technical assistance during emergencies and coordinate with other agencies during events that impact public drinking water.
  • Complete all sanitary survey inspections of public water systems and required Level 1 and 2 assessments to assure proper operation, management and maintenance, and a safe drinking water supply.
  • Provide technical and compliance assistance to water systems as needed to resolve problems.
  • Provide training for certified operators and those seeking to get certified by conducting certification exam review at water schools and participate in presentations and trainings.

Engineering Bureau

  • Provide engineering review and technical assistance for public water supply drinking water and wastewater facilities.
  • Provide engineering review and technical assistance for subdivisions.
  • Manage the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program to provide low interest loan financing for drinking water treatment system construction and improvement.
  • Manage the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Program, which offers low-interest loans for wastewater system construction and improvements and for related water pollution control projects.
  • Provide technical assistance and training efforts to public water systems and subdivisions.
  • Provide technical assistance and training efforts to public wastewater systems.
  • Conduct municipal facility operations, maintenance and optimization activities.

Water Quality Planning Bureau

  • Assist with development of Total Maximum Daily Load studies (TMDLs) by conducting statewide assessments of streams and lakes, revising the Clean Water Act’s 303(d) Montana impaired waters list, conducting intensive surveys of pollution causes and sources, developing pollution allocations, identifying pollution control alternatives, and evaluating effectiveness of control measures.
  • Perform a biennial statewide water quality assessment and contribute to the development of the Montana 303(d) and 305(b) reports.
  • Review and update Montana’s water quality standards to ensure full support of beneficial uses such as drinking water, agriculture, fisheries, wildlife, and industrial uses.
  • Support the development of water quality criteria and water quality standards revisions through sampling design, data collection, and assessment.
  • Develop, maintain, and administer data management systems for the storage and processing of Clean Water Act related water quality metric data associated with federal and state-funded activities in an effort to support water quality assessments and investigations.

Water Protection Bureau

  • Conduct effective permit programs designed to issue complete, accurate, environmentally sound, and legally defensible permits within statutory time frames.
  • Assist and support statewide citizen volunteer water quality monitoring of lakes and streams, through training and participation as per the State Non-Point Source Plan.
  • Assist with development of TMDLs by conducting intensive surveys of pollution causes and sources, developing pollution allocations, identifying pollution control alternatives, and evaluating effectiveness of control measures.
  • Ensure appropriate public involvement through compliance with Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and other public notice and public participation statutes.
  • Provide pre-application consultation to prospective facility sponsors and, within established statutory time frames, evaluate and process applications.
  • Ensure that multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary evaluations of resource plans and monitoring information are appropriately and effectively coordinated with professionals within the Department and within other state, federal, and local agencies.
  • Conduct environmental analysis of applications, as required by MEPA, and as appropriate to federal lands, under the National Environmental Policy Act.
  • Provide technical and compliance assistance to facilities, landowners and waters users to improve water quality.
  • Ensure that facility owners, operators, and the public have access to accurate and timely information on all division issues.
  • Provide training and technical assistance and disseminate information to local government agencies concerning current program status and anticipated program changes and to assist local governments with state and federal compliance.
  • Develop, adopt, and implement reasonable and practical administrative rules and procedures as necessary to achieve required regulatory authority.
  • Negotiate agreements with federal agencies that are consistent with state priorities.
  • Obtain and maintain authorization for program components that have counterparts in a federal program.