PPACG is the lead water quality planning agency for El Paso, Teller and Park counties, which includes portions of five watersheds contained within two major drainage basins—the South Platte and Arkansas River.
PPACG serves as a regional policy forum for the identification, discussion, and resolution of water quality management issues confronting local communities. Our responsibilities are to:
- review, update, and amend the Water Qualitiy Management Plan (“208 Plan”);
- support and participate in watershed-based water quality planning processes;
- encourage and assist local governments in developing and reviewing regulations and policies that address water quality issues;
- facilitate intergovernmental agreements that will further watershed water quality planning;
- provide technical support in development of water quality improvement projects;
- review water quality standards and state policies and regulations that affect water quality;
- assist with the development and implementation of nonpoint source and stormwater control programs conducted by local governments;
- assist designated management and operating agencies; and
- review site applications and discharge permits to assure that discharges to a stream segment are treated in accordance with the approved 208 Plan.
Information on the state Water Quality Control Division’s programs can be found here.