Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Miles River

The Miles River is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Talbot County.  The 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) as impaired by nutrients, sediments, and fecal coliform.   On the 2004 303(d) List, specific restricted shellfish harvesting areas were identified as impaired by fecal coliform.  The document available below provides an analysis of the recent monitoring data for a restricted shellfish harvesting area in the Miles River basin – Hunting Creek – which shows that the fecal coliform water quality criteria, determined from the designated use, are being met in Hunting Creek; therefore, a TMDL of fecal coliform is not necessary to achieve water quality standards in the Hunting Creek watershed.  The document also addresses the fecal coliform impairment listing for two restricted shellfish harvesting areas in the Miles River basin:  Miles River and Leeds Creek.  The remaining listed impairments in the Miles River basin will be addressed at a future date.   

Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Coliform for Restricted Shellfish Harvesting Areas in Miles River and Leeds Creek and a Water Quality Analysis of Fecal Coliform for Hunting Creek of the Miles River Basin in Talbot County, Maryland

(Approved on September 27, 2005)

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

TMDL_milesriver_fc.pdf (1,507KB)

Comment Response Document

CRD_milesriver_fc.pdf (16 KB)


Contact Information

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