Tag Archives: TMDL

Court To Rule Again on Flow-Based TMDLs

On Feb. 18, the City of Rutland, Vt., filed a complaint requesting that the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont vacate a flow-based total maximum daily load (TMDL) for biological impairments in Moon Brook. The TMDL regulates the amount of stormwater entering Moon Brook using flow as a surrogate for sediment. Flow-based TMDLs […]

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New Report Shows Chesapeake Bay Pollution Score Improves, Fisheries Decline

On Jan. 5, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) released its biennial “State of the Bay Report,” showing that while the overall pollution score improved, there has been a decline in fisheries. The “2014 State of the Bay Report” score is 32, a D+, unchanged from the 2012 score. The report notes improvements in dissolved oxygen, […]

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Environmental Groups Challenge EPA Approval of West Virginia TMDLs

On Jan. 7, four environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) alleged improper approval of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and the agency’s failure to require them in the absence of West Virginia state limits. The lawsuit, which covers six final actions in West Virginia waterways, was filed in […]

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Federal Agencies Call Virginia Water Quality Trading Program A National Model

On Dec. 16, federal government representatives, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and others came together to recognize an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality lauded the trading scheme as a model […]

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EPA Issues New TMDL Memorandum, Eliminates Flow Surrogate

On November 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new memorandum updating aspects of its November 2002 memorandum on the subject of “Establishing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Wasteload Allocations (WLAs) for Storm Water Sources and NPDES Permit Requirements Based on Those WLAs.”  Perhaps most significantly, language regarding the use of flow as […]

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Corvias Announces Public-Private Partnership Agreement with Prince George’s County

On Nov. 19, Corvias Solutions announced that it has signed a first-of-its-kind, community-based, public-private partnership (P3) with Prince George’s County, Maryland. This $100 million, 30-year partnership comes to fruition after a unanimous decision by the Prince George’s County Council and more than a year’s worth of negotiations. Corvias Solutions is a privately-held company and a […]

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EWRI Releases Report on Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems

On Oct. 1, the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental and Water Resources Institute released a new report entitled “Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems.” According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, elevated fecal indicator bacteria are the most common cause of water quality impairment in the U.S. Fecal indicator bacteria are used as a surrogate […]

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States, D.C. Back EPA in Chesapeake Bay TMDL Litigation

Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Virginia have filed briefs in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a lawsuit first filed in 2011 by the American Farm Bureau Federation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. The lawsuit, to be decided in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, challenges EPA’s jurisdiction […]

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Jurisdictions Sign New Chesapeake Bay Agreement

On Jan. 29, three decades after the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed, Chesapeake Bay Program partners now seek public input on a new agreement guiding the next chapter of restoration across the watershed, recommitting stakeholders to conservation success in the process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and seven Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions have proposed […]

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GAO Report Recommends Clean Water Act Regulate Farm Discharges

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Jan. 13 states that the total maximum daily load (TMDL) program would be more effective if the Clean Water Act included mandatory pollution controls for agriculture. Based on historical funding and restoration rates, GAO points out that the time required to address water quality impairments associated with nonpoint […]

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