Policy Planning & Standards Unit

The Policy Planning & Standards Unit is responsible developing and maintaining statewide surface water quality standards, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL), water quality permit certifications, the biennial 303(d) impaired waters list, and supporting documentation.

2021 Triennial Review - Surface Water Quality Standards

Per state and federal requirements, KDHE is required to hold public hearings at least once every three years to review applicable surface water quality standards and, as appropriate, adopt new or modified standards. This process is called the triennial review.


Archived Regulations, Standards & Supporting Documentation

The water quality standards resources found in the Archive Center are made available for historical reference purposes and should not be confused with the current regulations, standards, and supporting document listed under the Current Regulations, Standards and Supporting Documentation section of this webpage.

Variances

Helpful Documents

  1. Antidegradation, January 10, 2011 (PDF)
  2. Chlorophyll-a Criteria for Public Water Supply Lakes or Reservoirs, January 10, 2011 (PDF)
  3. Dissolved Oxygen Position Paper (PDF)
  4. Draft Kansas Eligibility Determination for Wastewater Lagoon Variance document (PDF)
  5. Draft Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards Variance Register (PDF)
  6. Draft Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards, K.A.R. (PDF)
  7. Duration and Frequency for Assessing Numeric Criteria, January 10, 2011 (PDF)
  8. E. Coli Position Paper (PDF)
  9. EPA Region 7, December 21, 2018, Ammonia MDV - Approval Set Two (PDF)
  10. Kansas Antidegradation Policy, August 6, 2001 (PDF)
  11. Kansas Implementation Procedures - Surface Water Quality Standards, November 29, 2017 (PDF)
  12. Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards - Table of Numeric Criteria December 15, 2017 (PDF)
  13. Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards 2018 (PDF)
  14. Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards Variance Register, October 31, 2017 (PDF)
  15. Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards, February 23, 2018 - Copy of the Published version on the Kansas Register (PDF)
  16. KDHE Response to KSWQS Public Meeting December 3, 2020 Comments Received (PDF)
  17. Presentation for December 3, 2020 Public Meeting (PDF)
  18. Regulatory Impact Statement Amended K.A.R. 28-16-28b, 28-16-28d, 28-16-28em 28-16-28f and New Regulation 28-16-28h, January 22, 2018 (PDF)
  19. Selenium Criteria Position Paper (PDF)
  20. State of Kansas Multiple-Discharger Wastewater Lagoon Ammonia Variance - EPA Submission Package, February 13, 2018 (PDF)
  21. Surface Water Register Updates Presentation for December 3, 2020 Public Meeting (PDF)
  22. Temperature Criteria for Aquatic Life Use, January 10, 2011 (PDF)
  23. Triennial Review Action Letter, inclusive of the Multiple-Discharger Wastewater Lagoon Ammonia Variance Approval (PDF)
  24. White Paper Glossary (PDF)