Interactive Guides

Step 6: Protect Your Watershed: Reviewing EPD Files

The quickest and easiest way to determine who is discharging in your watershed is to access the Georgia Environmental Protection Agency's website and type in the requested information. The website can…

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Step 5: Know your Watershed: Getting the Big Picture

Now that you have a general understanding of the Clean Water Act, it is time to learn more about your watershed and what you can do to protect it. Various public agencies publish reports on the condition…

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Step 4: Enforcement of Permit Conditions

Establishing liability for NPDES permit violations is relatively straightforward: A violation of an NPDES permit constitutes a violation of the CWA. In fact, fault is not required to support liability.…

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Step 3: NPDES Permitting Process

Now that you have a general understanding of the purpose and goals of the Clean Water Act, let’s focus on the NPDES permitting process. Understanding the permitting process is critical for anyone wanting…

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Step 2: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a permit-based program designed to regulate the discharge of pollutants into U.S. waters. This program is one of the principal operating mechanisms…

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Step 1: A Brief Overview of the Clean Water Act

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act, more commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA), is the basic federal law for controlling water pollution in the United States. Although the original act dates…

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