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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Division of Water

Division of Water
Water Quality

The Water Quality Branch (WQB) is responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality of water in the state's streams, lakes and wetlands.  The WQB revises water quality standards and criteria, classifies surface waters for designated uses (e.g., cold or warm water aquatic habitat, outstanding state resource waters, swimming [primary contact recreation] and domestic water supply) and interprets standards for Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit decisions. 

The WQB also serves as the scientific advisors for the Division of Water on many water topics related to environmental emergencies (spills), evaluation of technical and scientific reports/data, and emerging issues such as specific conductivity and selenium criteria.