HOW STAKEHOLDERS CAN POSITIVELY AFFECT THE DEVELOPMENT OF TMDLs. To participate or not, that is the question.
USEPA is updating rules to improve the national program for identifying impaired waters, determining the sources of pollution, and designing cleanup plans for those waters. The CWA provides special authority for restoring impaired waters. The Act calls on states to work with interested parties to develop TMDLs for polluted waters. A TMDL is a calculation of the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards for its designated use. A TMDL also allocates the maximum amount of each identified pollutant loading that can be contributed from both NPDES permitted point sources (Waste Load Allocation) and nonpoint sources (Load Allocation) into the impaired water. Along with both waste load allocations (WLA) and load allocations (LA) the TMDL includes a margin of safety (MOS) and seasonal variations (SV).
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2002-01-01
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