Definitions for "Water Quality Criteria"
Comprised of numeric and narrative criteria. Numeric criteria are scientifically derived ambient concentrations developed by EPA or states for various pollutants of concern to protect human health and aquatic life. Narrative criteria are statements that describe the desired water quality goal.
Levels of pollutants in bodies of water that are consistent with various uses of water, i.e. drinking water, sport fishing, industrial use.
levels of individual pollutants or water quality characteristics, or descriptions of conditions of a waterbody that, if met, will generally protect the designated use of the water.