Frequent Questions

What roles does EPA play in managing or regulating different types of water bodies?

EPA enforces federal clean water and safe drinking water laws, provides support for municipal wastewater treatment plants, and takes part in pollution prevention efforts aimed at protecting watersheds and sources of drinking water. These federal laws affect all types of water bodies, including: surface water (lakes, rivers) and watersheds, wetlands, ground water, and oceans. 

For information about major water-related environmental laws, please see:

The following EPA Web sites may be useful in providing more regulatory and scientific information about different types of water bodies:

Surface Water & Watersheds:


Ground Water:

Oceans & Beaches:

For more information you may contact the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW).



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