Definitions for "Beneficial Uses"
For the purposes of the Clean Water Act, water pollution can be measured in terms of its effect on “beneficial uses” of the water. These may be a downstream fishery, a municipal water supply, a swimming area, or other direct uses of the water that may be sensitive to pollutants.
desirable uses that water quality should support. Examples are drinking water supply, primary contact recreation (such as swimming), and aquatic life support.
uses of Lake Erie that are valued by society, such as water quality that is suitable for drinking, swimming, agricultural, and industrial uses; healthy fish and wildlife populations which support a broad range of subsistence, sport, and commercial uses; and aesthetics. The first stage of LaMP development focuses on impairments to specific beneficial uses that are listed in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
using dredged soils from ship channel construction or maintenance to create or enhance habitats, such as marshes or rookery islands
Keywords:  objectives, management
Management objectives.