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Safe Drinking Water Act

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the main federal law that ensures the quality of Americans' drinking water.Under SDWA, EPA sets standards for drinking water quality and oversees the states, localities, and water suppliers who implement those standards. (Source: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/index.cfm).

Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the cornerstone of surface water quality protection in the United States. (The Act does not deal directly with groundwater nor with water quantity issues.) The statute employs a variety of regulatory and non-regulatory tools to reduce direct pollutant discharges into waterways, finance municipal wastewater treatment facilities, and manage polluted runoff. These tools are employed to achieve the broader goal of restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waters so that they can support "the protection and propagation of fish, shellfish, and wildlife and recreation in and on the water." (Source: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/index.cfm).

Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides a program for the conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals and the habitats in which they are found. The lead federal agencies for implementing ESA are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service.  Federal agencies are directed, under section 7(a)(1) of the ESA, to utilize their authorities to carry out programs for the conservation of threatened and endangered species. Thus,Federal agencies must consult with NOAA Fisheries Service and/or FWS, Under section 7(a)(2) of the ESA, on activities that may affect a listed species. (Source: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/index.cfm)

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Allegheny County   Phase 1 of Act 167 work for Allegheny County is currently being finalized (as of 12/2013)
Armstrong County  

Act 167 work was completed for Glade Run Watershed in 1991.  View the document here.

Beaver County  

Beaver County has completed Phase 1 of the Act 167 planning process.  View the document here.

Butler County  

Butler County has completed the entire Act 167 planning process.  View the finalized Phase 1 and Phase 2 documents as well as the model ordinance:

Phase 1 | Phase 2
Model Ordinance

Fayette County  

Fayette County has completed the entire Act 167 planning process.  View the finalized Phase 2 document (model ordinance included in Appendix B) here.

Greene County  

The Act 167 Planning Process has not yet been completed in Greene County.

Indiana County  

The Act 167 Planning Process has not yet been completed in Indiana County.

 

Lawrence County  

Lawrence County has completed the entire Act 167 planning process.  View the finalized Phase 1 and Phase 2 documents as well as the model ordinance:

Phase 1 [ phase 1 maps ] | Phase 2
| Model Ordinance |

Allegheny County  

Washington County has completed the entire Act 167 planning process.  View the finalized Phase 2 documents and model ordinance documents below: 

Phase 2

Plate 1: Base Map | Plate 2: Land Use
Plate 3: Future Growth | Plate 4: Soils
Plate 5: DEM | Plate 6: Geology
Plate 7: Problems | Plate 8: Flood Control
Plate 9: Floodplain | Plate 10: SWM Districts

 

Westmoreland County  

Westmoreland County has completed Phase 1 of the Act 167 planning process.  View the document here.