Water Quality Standards Kaizen

In June 2007 EPA Region 7, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and EPA headquarters conducted a Kaizen process improvement event. Kaizen is a process improvement methodology that is a focused, action oriented, week-long event to improve and implement business processes. The subject of this event was the development of water quality standards by the state and the review and approval/disapproval by EPA.

Learn more about Kaizen: http://lean.iowa.gov/index.html

"Compelled by ever-increasing demands on limited staff and resources, state environmental agency commissioners of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska and executive leadership at Region 7 EPA have sought a new kind of relationship and more efficient ways of working together. They have begun to develop a common vision for their working relationship, and are working together to integrate that vision into everyday work. Why is this common sense approach innovative? Because it's working." -ECOStates, Summer 2007

WQS Process Documents:
WQS Kaizen Charter
New State Process Flow Chart
New EPA Review Process Flow Chart
New Process Narrative
Checklist for WQS Submissions
Considerations for using the 131.10(g) factors
CWA Litigation Summary
Article in ECOS magazine
Kaizen Report Out
State/EPA Scoping Meetings:
Ground Rules for Scoping Meeting
Lessons Learned from First Scoping Meeting
Iowa Scoping Meeting Aug 2007 (TDS/chloride/arsenic)
Iowa Scoping Meeting Aug 2007 Agenda
Summary of Meeting by EPA
TDS Issue Paper
Arsenic HH Issue Paper
Chloride Issue Paper

Iowa & Kansas Scoping Meeting Nov 2007 (Antidegradation)
Antidedgradation Issue Paper

Kaizen Follow Up, October 2008
October 2008 - Meeting Agenda
October 2008 - Meeting Notes