Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Savage River

Savage River Reservoir is an impoundment located near North Glade in Garrett County, Maryland.  The impoundment, which is owned by the Upper Potomac River Commission, lies in the North Branch Potomac River watershed.  An earth/rockfill dam was constructed in 1952.  Upstream watershed usages include Savage River State Forest, Big Run State Park, camping, fishing, boat launching facilities and fish stocking (including walleye and trout).  Downstream watershed usage includes water supplies to the Town of Westport and the City of Piedmont in West Virginia.  The inflow to Savage River Reservoir is primarily via the Savage River.

Savage River Reservoir was identified on the State of Maryland’s 2002 list of Water Quality Limited Segments [303(d) list] as impaired by mercury contamination, based on data for mercury concentrations in fish tissue.  Mercury concentrations in the water are well below the threshold for concern in regard to drinking water.  The Maryland water quality standards Surface Water Use Designation [Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR] for Savage River Reservoir is Use III-P – Natural Trout Waters and Public Water Supply.  The Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) current public fish consumption advisory to eat limited amounts of fish from Savage River Reservoir is not supportive of this use.  Therefore, the document, available below, establishes a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of mercury for Savage River Reservoir. 

TMDL of Mercury for Savage River Reservoir, Garrett County, Maryland

(Approved on January 29, 2004)

EPA's Decision Letter

EPA's Decision Letter

Main Report


Comment Response Document



Contact Information

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