The Division of Water Quality provides administrative support for three commissions: the Environmental Management Commission, the Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission and the Well Contractor Certification Commission.
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The Environmental Management Commission is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation and the enhancement of the state's air and water resources. The EMC is comprised of 19 members who are appointed by the Governor, the Senate pro Tempore and the Speaker of the House. Commission members are chosen to represent various interests including the medical profession, agriculture, engineering, fish and wildlife, groundwater, municipal or county government, air and water pollution control and the public at large.
The Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission was established in 1969 to protect the public's investment in water pollution control facilities through the training and certification of opertors of water pollution control systems. The 11-member board is responsible for the training and certification of operators of wastewater collection systems, spray irrigation systems, subsurface treatment and disposal systems, animal wastewater systems and residuals application.
The Well Contractors Certification Commission was formed to protect the public health and safety by ensuring the integrity and competence of well contractors through examination and certification of the ability to supervise and/or conduct well contractor activities. The seven-member commission must have the following qualifications: two members are environmental health professionals currently engaged in well inspection and permitting, one member is appointed by the Governor from the public at large, four members are certified well contractors from designated areas of the state.