Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Monie Bay

Monie Bay is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Somerset County, MD.  The restricted shellfish harvesting area extends from the mouth of the Monie River to the confluence of Monie Bay and Tangier Sound, which is a part of the Chesapeake Bay.  The restricted shellfish harvesting area has an area of 3,165 acres and a drainage area of 19,858 acres.

Wicomico River Mesohaline (WICMH) is the Chesapeake Bay segment within which Monie Bay (8-digit basin number 02130302) lies.  In the 2008 Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality, submitted to the U.S.EPA by the Maryland Department of the Environment, WICHMH was identified as impaired by nutrients (1996), sediments (1996) and fecal coliform (2006).  For the fecal coliform listing, the restricted shellfish harvesting area in Monie Bay is specified.  Monie Creek within the basin was also listed in 1996.  Monie Creek is a conditionally approved shellfish harvesting water and these waters are not identified in the Integrated Report, therefore this listing was removed from the impaired waters list in 2004.  The document, available below, establishes TMDLs of fecal coliform for the restricted shellfish harvesting area in Monie Bay of the WICMH basin.  All other impairment listings for WICMH will be addressed at a future date.

Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Coliform for the Restricted Shellfish Harvesting Area in Monie Bay in Somerset County, Maryland

(Approved on March 30, 2011)

EPA's Decision Letter EPA's Decision Letter
Main Report

TMDL_Monie_Bay_FC.pdf (476KB)

Comment Response Document

CRD_Monie_Bay_FC.pdf (7KB)


Contact Information

Please direct questions or comments concerning this project to Maryland's TMDL Program at (410) 537-3818.