Continuing Planning Process & Water Quality Management

Planning for Clean Water in Kansas

  1. Continuing Planning Process
  2. Water Quality Management Plan
  3. How are the Plans Related?
  4. History of Planning Efforts

What is the Kansas Continuing Planning Process?

Written to meet the requirements of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the interpreting regulations at 40 CFR §130.5, the Kanas Continuing Planning Process (CPP) document describes the processes undertaken by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in its aim to prevent, reduce, and eliminate pollution in Kansas waters in order to restore and maintain their chemical, physical, and biological integrity.    

These processes should be well structured to facilitate consistent application yet flexible enough to incorporate successes, adapt to changing priorities, adjust to revised and new regulations, address emergent water quality issues, and incorporate updated objectives related to State water planning performed by the Kansas Water Office.  

Although it mentions many programs, and provides links to detailed program information when relevant, this 2021 Kanas CPP is not a comprehensive accounting of all the processes used by KDHE in managing its CWA programs.  Instead it aims to concisely describe the information required by CWA Section 303(e):     

  • Development  of effluent limitations and schedules of compliance.   
  • Incorporation  of elements of CWA section 208 & 209 planning.     
  • Development  of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs).  
  • Updating  and maintaining WQM plans.    
  • Assuring  adequate authority for intergovernmental cooperation.       
  • Establishing  and assuring adequate implementation of new or revised water quality standards.     
  • Assuring  adequate controls over the disposition of residual waste from water treatment  processing.     
  • Addressing  order of priority for waste treatment works construction.     
  • Determining  priority of permit issuance.