About FWQC

Who We Are

The Federal Water Quality Coalition is a group of industrial companies, municipalities, agricultural parties and trade associations. The Coalition’s members are directly affected by, or have members that are directly affected by, regulatory requirements imposed under the Clean Water Act.

The Coalition participates in federal and regional water quality rulemakings, initiatives and guidance development, through negotiation, written comments and litigation. The Coalition’s goal is to ensure that water quality programs are focused, flexible and founded on sound science.

Our Focus

Here are some of the issues on which the Federal Water Quality Coalition works:


    • Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs)
    • Development of water quality criteria and standards
    • NPDES permitting issues
    • Mixing zones
    • Interaction of Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act
    • Mercury issues

Joining FWQC

For information about becoming a member of the Federal Water Quality Coalition, please contact Fred Andes, of the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg, counsel to the Coalition, at fandes@btlaw.com or 312.214.8310

The Federal Water Quality Coalition Information Source is a service for members of the Coalition. The Information Source is an online resource library of federal regulations and guidance, Coalition comments on rulemakings and draft guidance, and other documents and materials on water quality issues.