Tag Archives: TMDL

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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Federal Efforts Falling Short on Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, Says CBF

On Dec. 30, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) released a statement saying federal efforts to restore the bay have fallen short in three main areas: expanding forest buffers, air quality, and complying with the Clean Water Act in approving stormwater permits. Further actions to achieve these particular goals have not been included in the next [...]

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EPA Announces New Program Vision for TMDLs

In early December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new collaborative framework for developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) to begin in 2014. The New Program Vision incorporates experience gained over the last two decades from developing nearly 65,000 TMDLs. The new vision focuses on improving how states establish and prioritize impaired waters. [...]

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EPA Releases Tools for Managing Water Resources

In November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool. The tool supports integrated water resources management by allowing users to screen options for cost-effectiveness and environmental benefits. With the tool, users can evaluate a number of management options, including projects related to stormwater. Users can conduct an analysis of [...]

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Federal Court Upholds EPA Chesapeake Bay TMDL

On Sept. 13, a federal court in Pennsylvania upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL). What has been called the bay pollution diet is the largest and most complex TMDL to date. The suit against the EPA was filed in 2011 by the American Farm Bureau Federation and [...]

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TMDL Vision Planned for Release This Fall

A plan is under way to reform the total maximum daily load (TMDL) process. The final TMDL 10-year vision plan is expected this fall. It has been an ongoing joint federal–state effort since 2011 that gives states, for the first time, the flexibility to prioritize assessments. The plan is not a regulation or mandate but [...]

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Report Highlights Progress, Areas of Improvement To Meet 2013 Milestones for Chesapeake Bay TMDL

An interim analysis by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC) finds that bay states are making progress but are not on track to meet all 2013 goals for the bay’s total maximum daily load. Since 2009, states have set 2-year milestones to stay on track for final reductions in nitrogen, [...]

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Report Lists Efficacy of Best Management Practices at Managing Highway Runoff

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), part of the U.S. National Academies, recently released a synthesis of practices for transportation agencies with total maximum daily load (TMDL) obligations. Transportation networks can fall into many watershed jurisdictions; therefore, state transportation departments can be listed as a stakeholder in multiple TMDLs. The NCHRP report is a [...]

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EPA Does Not Appeal Accotink Ruling

The Eastern Virginia Federal Court ruling on Accotink Creek will stand. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had until March 4 to appeal the decision but did not. The case, Virginia Department of Transportation v. EPA, focused on EPA’s decision to use excessive stormwater runoff as a surrogate for benthic impairments.  On Jan. 3 the [...]

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