As the designated area wide planning agency for water quality, ACOG is responsible for developing and maintaining a 208 Regional Water Quality Management Plan and determining whether or not wastewater facility construction projects and NPDES/ND permits are consistent with the goals and policies established in this plan. This 208 conformance review must be completed before DHEC will permit a project.
The ACOG works with local governments and sewer service providers through out the region to develop the Appalachian Regional Water Quality Plan. This plan establishes watershed plans for long term provision of sewer service in the six county Appalachian Region. The plan establishes regional strategies for developing regional sewer infrastructure over a 20 year planning horizon. It also identifies regional treatment facilities and the designated water management agencies are who are responsible for developing and operating the sewer infrastructure needed meet goals and objectives.