KRS 224.10-100 requires the Cabinet to develop and conduct a comprehensive program for the management of water resources and the prevention, abatement, and control of water pollution. 401 KAR 10:001, 10:026, 10:029, 10:030, and 10:031 establish procedures to protect the surface waters of the Commonwealth, and thus manage water resources and prevent water pollution.
For Kentucky to maintain its delegation authority of the NPDES permit program, the Clean Water Act requires that Kentucky review its water quality standards every three years and comply with the programmatic requirements of 40 C.F.R. Part 131. Chapter 10 of the administrative regulations may be amended as part of each Triennial Review to reflect the latest scientific developments, correct references to Kentucky statutes, and make technical grammatical changes that comply with current regulatory requirements.