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Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) calculations are sometimes developed using empirical methodologies when there is a paucity of or no site-specific data. Water bodies for which site-specific data are available provide an opportunity not only to develop site-specific TMDLs, but also to evaluate generic approaches. This study was undertaken to quantify total phosphorus (TP) loads to a lake in northern New Jersey and to assess the extent of impairment of the lake, in order to support TMDL development. Long-term monitoring data were available both upstream of and at the outlet of the lake. These data were evaluated statistically as well as with empirical approaches used by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to develop TMDLs for other, data-poor lakes in the northern part of the state.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2005-01-01

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