Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Tangier Sound

Tangier Sound is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Somerset County, MD. Tangier Sound (basin number 02130206) 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 the Tangier Sound were impaired by sediments and nutrients, with listings of fecal coliform and biological impacts in tidal portions added in 2004.  On the 2004 303(d) List, the fecal coliform listing was clarified by the identification of Laws Thorofare and Upper Thorofare as the specific area of impairment.  The document establishes a TMDL of fecal coliform for Laws Thorofare and Upper Thorofare and thereby fully addresses the fecal coliform listing for shellfish harvesting area in the Tangier Sound Basin. The nutrient, suspended sediment, and biological impairments within the Tangier Sound basin will be addressed at a future date.  

Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Coliform for the Restricted Shellfish Harvesting Area in Laws Thorofare and Upper Thorofare of the Tangier Sound Basin in Somerset County, MD

(Approved on August 2, 2006)

EPA's Decision Letter EPA's Decision Letter
Main Report TMDL_tangiersound_fc.pdf (694KB)

Comment Response Document

CRD_tangiersound_fc.pdf (18KB)


Contact Information

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