Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Wye River

The Wye River is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties, as shown in Figure 2.1.1.  The Wye River is composed of Wye East River, Wye Narrows and Wye River mainstem, and has a length of approximately 15 km both from south to north and from southwest to northeast.  Its width ranges from 300 to 600 m upstream and approximately 1 km at its mouth, where it flows into Eastern Bay.  The Wye River restricted shellfish harvesting area has a drainage area of 50,534.9 acres (204.51 km2).

The Wye River (basin number 02130503) 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 Wye River were impaired by sediments, nutrients, and fecal coliform in tidal portions, with listings of biological impacts in the non-tidal portions added in 2002.  On the State’s 2004 303(d) List, the fecal coliform listing was clarified by the identification of the Wye River as the specific area of impairment.  The document available below establishes a TMDL for fecal coliform for the Wye River.  The nutrient, biological, and sediment impairments within the Wye River basin will be addressed at a future date.    

Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Coliform for the Restricted Shellfish Harvesting Area in the Wye River Basin in Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties, Maryland
(Approved on February 29, 2008)

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

TMDL_wyeriver_fc.pdf (1291KB)

Comment Response Document

CRD_wyeriver_fc.pdf (58KB)


Contact Information

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