Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Miles River

Miles River is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Talbot County, MD, and its restricted shellfish harvesting area is located upstream before the River branches.  The River flows southwest into the unrestricted portion of the Miles River, ending approximately 12.2 km from the mouth of the Miles River.  Here it flows into Eastern Bay, which in turn flows into Chesapeake Bay. The River and tributaries are relatively narrow with widths of about 100 to 500 m. The Miles River extended restricted shellfish harvesting area has a length of 1.4 km and a drainage area of 15,957 acres.

Miles River (basin number 02130502) was first identified on the 1996 303(d) List submitted to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).  The designated uses in Miles River were listed as impaired by nutrients (1996), sediments (1996), fecal coliform (1996, 2006), and impacts to biological communities (2006). On the 2004 303(d) List, the fecal coliform impairment was clarified with the identification of specific restricted shellfish harvesting area within the basin. The fecal coliform TMDL developments for the restricted shellfish harvesting areas in Miles River mainstem, Hunting Creek and Leeds Creek within this basin were completed in 2005, and submitted to US EPA. In 2006, the existing restricted shellfish harvesting area in Miles River mainstem was extended to include and additional downstream portion due to the fecal coliform impairment. The assessment unit listing code for the area in MD’s 2008 303(d) List is MD-EASMH-Miles-River 2. The document available below establishes TMDLs of fecal coliform for the extended portion of the restricted shellfish harvesting area in the Miles River mainstem.  The listings for nutrients, sediments and impacts to biological communities within the Miles River basin will be addressed at a future date.

Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Coliform for the Extended Restricted Shellfish Harvesting Area in Miles River Mainstem of the Miles River Basin in Talbot County, Maryland

(Approved on September 9, 2010)

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

TMDL_milesriver_extension_fc.pdf (409KB)

Comment Response Document

CRD_milesriver_extension_fc.pdf (10KB)

Contact Information

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