To evaluate the current use of and perceived need for water quality standards for lakes, the North American Lake Management Society conducted a survey of State water program administrators. Forty-seven States responded. The survey posed four main questions:
- Are lake water quality standards needed?
- How are such standards used now or how would they be used if adopted?
- What data is needed for developing lake water quality standards?
- Should lake-specific criteria be included in standards for toxic pollutants?