State water quality reports now online

State water quality reports now online

Nashville – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Wednesday announced the availability of a new, easy-to-use online database that allows the public to more easily access water quality permits.
The announcement comes at the conclusion of the 2010 Tennessee Watershed Conference, held this week in Nashville.
“Adequately managing and tracking all water quality permits is a critical role that falls under the responsibility of the department’s Division of Water Pollution Control,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan.  
“With the new permits data viewer, the general public can easily access this information from the same consolidated database Environment and Conservation’s regulatory staff uses.”  
Sloan added that the new online portal is part of the department’s ongoing efforts to promote greater transparency, accountability and broader access to public information.
The addition of the new Water Pollution Permits Data Viewer complements the department’s enforcement database, established in 2008, along with multiple public notice postings, publications and permit guidance.  
Additional online support includes TDEC’s Groundwater Protection Program services, the Division of Solid Waste Management’s Toxic Substance database and Water Pollution Control’s interactive GIS mapping.  
To access the new Water Pollution Permits Data Viewer, please visit www.tn.gov/environment/wpc/dataviewer.  
For additional information about the 2010 Tennessee Watershed Conference, including post-conference materials, please visit http://www.tnwatershedconference.com/.

WCP 9.23.10

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