Water Quality Analysis with EPA Concurrence of MDE's Findings: Savage River

The Savage River, a tributary of the Potomac River, is located in Garrett County, Maryland. The River is approximately 26 miles in length from its headwaters near National Road (US 40) to its confluence with the North Branch of the Potomac River. 

The Savage River (02141006) was identified on the State’s 1996 list of water quality limited segments (WQLSs) as impaired by nutrients, suspended sediments, and low pH. The report available below provides an analysis of recent monitoring data, which shows that the dissolved oxygen criterion and designated uses associated with nutrients are being met in the Savage River. The analysis supports the conclusion that a TMDL for nutrients is not necessary to achieve water quality standards in this case. Barring any contradictory future data, this report will be used as supporting material when MDE proposes the revision of Maryland’s 2002 303(d) list for public review. The suspended sediment and low pH impairments will be addressed separately. 

Water Quality Analysis of Eutrophication of the Savage River, Garrett County, Maryland 

(Concurrence: April 16, 2001)

EPA's Decision Letter

EPA's Decision Letter
Main Report  WQA_savage_eutro.pdf

Contact Information

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