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Cleaner Water Faster: Parallel Approaches to the TMDL Process

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In regions dominated by non-point pollution sources like southeastern Washington the intensive planning associated with the TMDL process can be excessive and may actually be counter-productive. We have developed two parallel approaches to the TMDL process which we call 'Streamlined TMDL' and 'Straight to Implementation.' These approaches focus on developing partnerships with local governments and landowners to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) and use existing procedures to achieve clean water faster and more efficiently than the standard TMDL. Using this approach the Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) has worked with locals to create more than 300 miles of riparian buffers and implement BMPs at nearly 150 problem sites in six counties in Southeastern Washington.
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Keywords: BEST; MANAGEMENT PRACTICES; NON-POINT SOURCE; RIPARIAN RESTORATION; STRAIGHT TO IMPLEMENTATION; STREAMLINED TMDL; TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-10-01

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