Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Cherry Creek, Youghiogheny River

The MD 12-digit Cherry Creek watershed is located in the Youghiogheny River region of Maryland and is part of the MD 8-digit Youghiogheny River watershed.  The watershed encompasses 10,685 acres (16.7 square miles) in Garrett County.  The headwaters of Cherry Creek, which is one of the major tributaries of the Youghiogheny River, begin in southern Garrett County, flowing north into the Youghiogheny River downstream of Underwood Road.  The watershed includes the town of Gortner.  Tributaries to Cherry Creek include Fox Run, Clark Run, Douglass Run, Ambrose Run, and Frozen Camp Run.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has identified the Cherry Creek watershed and its tributaries on the State of Maryland’s 303(d) List as impaired by fecal bacteria (listed in 2008) and impacts to biological communities (listed in 2002).  Cherry Creek has been designated as Use III-P (Nontidal Cold Water and Public Water Supply).  All other stream segments of the watershed have been designated as Use I (Water Contact Recreation, and Protection of Nontidal Warmwater Aquatic Life).  See Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) and  The document available below establishes a TMDL for fecal bacteria in the Cherry Creek watershed that will allow for attainment of the beneficial use designation of water contact recreation.  The listing for impacts to biological communities will be addressed in a separate document.  

Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Bacteria for the Cherry Creek Sub-basin in the Youghiogheny River Basin in Garrett County, Maryland

(Approved on September 24, 2009)

EPA's Decision Letter

EPA's Decision Letter 

MDE's Edits to EPA's Decision Letter

MDE's Decision Letter Edits  (22KB)

Main Report

report_cherrycreek_final_bacteria.pdf (1105KB)

Comment Response

CRD_cherrycreek_final_bacteria.pdf (7KB)

Contact Information 

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