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Recommendation: To help protect the quality of our nation's water resources, and to strengthen EPA's implementation of its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act's section 319 nonpoint source pollution control program, the Administrator of EPA should, in revising section 319 guidelines to states, and in addition to existing statutorily required reporting measures, emphasize measures that (1) more accurately reflect the overall health of targeted water bodies (e.g., the number, kind, and condition of living organisms) and (2) demonstrate states' focus on protecting high-quality water bodies, where appropriate.
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: In July 2019, EPA said that it had revised its WQ-10 measure to capture varying types of nonpoint source success stories and to better account for removing nonpoint source impairments in individual waterbodies. According to EPA, the changes also enable it to report on different forms of water quality improvement, including those water quality standards restored that are based on state-specific biocriteria. Additionally, the program has made changes to its Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS) to track work that is conducted to protect high-quality waters. According to EPA officials, in 2019 they are developing a compendium of 319-funded protection projects and approaches to further inform nonpoint source protection activities. This will allow the agency to report on this work over time as it gathers more robust data. In January 2020, EPA staff said that they are still working on the compendium and anticipate it will be complete in 2020. This recommendation will remain open until GAO reviews the information being tracked and reported in the compendium and GRTS.