Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Tony Tank Lake

Tony Tank Lake is a small, elongated impoundment located near the cities of Fruitland and Salisbury in Wicomico County, Maryland. The impoundment lies on Tony Tank Creek, a tributary of the Wicomico River. The Wicomico lies in the Lower Eastern Shore Tributary Strategy Basin, which drains to the Chesapeake Bay. The impoundment, owned by Wicomico County and used for recreational purposes, was created in 1948 by the construction of the Shad Point Dam. The dam, which also functions as a base for MD Route 307, is the designated dividing line between tidal and non-tidal waters in Tony Tank Creek.

On the basis of water quality problems associated with Tony Tank Lake, the Lower Wicomico River watershed (02130301), specifically Tony Tank Lake, was identified on Maryland’s 1996 list of WQLSs as being impaired by nutrients and sediments. The document available below establishes Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the nutrient phosphorus and sediments entering Tony Tank Lake.  

TMDLs of Phosphorus and Sediments
to Tony Tank Lake, Wicomico County, MD

  (Approved on December 10, 1999)

EPA's Decision Letter EPA's Decision Letter
Main Report tonytank_tmdl.pdf (828 KB)
Nonpoint Source Technical Memorandum tonytank_nps_techmem.pdf (11 KB)
Comment Response Document tonytank_crd.pdf (15KB)


Contact Information

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