ADEQ Surface Water Protection Program, Protected Surface Water List, Whitepaper

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Last week, ADEQ published the initial Protected Surface Water List (PSWL). As we continue the informal and formal rulemaking processes to implement the Surface Water Protection Program, we appreciate your participation and input.To help keep you informed, we are producing a series of white papers, the first of which addresses the PSWL. The PSWL white paper discusses the initial list of waters and ADEQ’s criteria for evaluating a water for inclusion on or removal from the list.We welcome your comments on the proposed evaluation process of nominated waters.

To comment, please click here to review the white paper and then submit the online survey at: 

Please comment by Dec. 5, 2021. 

Your input will be used to inform the process that will be outlined in rule.
Contact David Lelsz, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Water Quality Division
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About ADEQUnder the Environmental Quality Act of 1986, the Arizona State Legislature established the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in 1987 as the state agency for protecting and enhancing public health and the environment of Arizona. For more information, visit will take reasonable measures to provide access to department services to individuals with limited ability to speak, write or understand English and/or to those with disabilities. Requests for language translation, ASL interpretation, CART captioning services or disability accommodations must be made at least 48 hours in advance by contacting the Title VI Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Leonard Drago, at 602-771-2288 or For a TTY or other device, Telecommunications Relay Services are available by calling 711.

ADEQ tomará las medidas razonables para proveer acceso a los servicios del departamento a personas con capacidad limitada para hablar, escribir o entender inglés y/o para personas con discapacidades. Las solicitudes de servicios de traducción  de idiomas, interpretación ASL (lengua de signos americano), subtitulado de CART, o adaptaciones por discapacidad deben realizarse con al menos 48 horas de anticipación comunicándose con el Coordinador de Anti-Discriminación del Título VI, Leonard Drago, al 602-771-2288 o Para un TTY u otro dispositivo, los servicios de retransmisión de telecomunicaciones están disponible llamando al 711. 

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