Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Sassafras River

The Sassafras River is located within Cecil and Kent Counties, Maryland with its headwaters in New Castle County, Delaware. It drains directly into Chesapeake Bay. The River is approximately 20.6 miles (33 kilometers) in length, from its confluence with Chesapeake Bay to the non-tidal upper reaches of its headwaters. 

The Sassafras River (02130610) 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). It was listed as being impaired by nutrients due to signs of eutrophication and suspended sediments. The document available below establishes a phosphorus TMDL for the Sassafras River.  The suspended sediments impairment will be addressed at a later date.

TMDLs of Phosphorus for the Sassafras River
in Cecil and Kent Counties, MD

(Approved on April 1, 2002)

EPA's Decision Letter

EPA's Decision Letter

Main Report

sas_main_final.pdf (1389 KB)

Appendix A

sas_appx_a_final.pdf (2357KB)

Point Source Technical Memorandum

sas_techmemo_final.pdf (146 KB)

Comment Response Document

sas_crd_final.pdf (54KB)


Contact Information

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