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  Temperature Water Quality Standards Review - The Bureau of Water Quality Planning of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has embarked on an effort to review and update our temperature water quality standards for the protection of aquatic life in Nevada waters. Nevada’s current temperature criteria are not well documented and we need scientifically supported guidance as NDEP reviews temperature standards throughout the state.

  Water Quality Trend Analyses for Selected Nevada Streams, June 2016 - This report presents the results of trend analyses using long term monitoring data as collected by NDEP and augmented with data from other agencies. These trend analyses results may be useful for examining the effectiveness of past water quality management actions (nonpoint source projects, discharge permits, etc.), and identifying any emerging or worsening problems which may need targeted attention.

About BWQP — The Bureau of Water Quality Planning (BWQP) is responsible for several water quality protection functions which include collecting and analyzing water data, developing standards for surface waters, publishing informational reports, providing water quality education and implementing programs to address surface water quality.

Statutory Authority
[NRS 445A.010 / 445A.730]
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Owyhee River at Mountain City BWQP Branches and Programs
Water Quality Standards and Monitoring Branch — is responsible for developing and reviewing surface water quality standards, administering the total maximum daily load (TMDL) Program, and generating the Nevada Water Quality Integrated Report. The branch also administers the State's ambient surface water quality and bioassessment monitoring programs.

401 Water Quality Certification Program — grants certification to assure state water quality standards will not be violated for activities requiring a federal permit that may result in a discharge to a water.

Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Management Branch — is responsible for managing nonpoint sources of pollution in Nevada. Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution results from a variety of diffuse and dispersed human activities.

Environmental Education & Outreach Program — focuses on environmental educational programs offered by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.

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  • Lake Tahoe Watershed Program — is the NDEP program collaborating with the federal, state, local, and private partners to protect Lake Tahoe as a water of extraordinary aesthetic or ecologic value.

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