The Assessment, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Tracking and Implementation System (ATTAINS) is an online system for accessing information about the conditions in the Nation’s surface waters.
The Clean Water Act requires states, territories and authorized tribes (states for brevity) to monitor water pollution and report to EPA every two years on the waters they have evaluated. This process is called assessment. Part of this process is deciding which waters do not meet water quality standards because they are too polluted. These degraded waters are called impaired (polluted enough to require action) and are placed on a State list for future actions to reduce pollution.
This information reported to EPA by states is available in ATTAINS. The public information is made available via ATTAINS web services, geospatial services, as well as through other EPA tools.
This page provides access to public ATTAINS data in How’s My Waterway, ATTAINS Web Services, ATTAINS geospatial service, and historical National Water Quality Inventory Reports to Congress.
This page provides State, Tribal, and EPA partners with information on how to access ATTAINS through the User Interface or Exchange Network, in order to submit or review data.
This page provides links to background information about the Clean Water Act Sections 303(d), 305(b), and TMDL programs, including links to Integrated Reporting Guidance.