The following eight-digit basins were identified on the State’s 2002 list of Water Quality Limited Segments as impaired by fecal coliform, and not meeting current water quality standards:
The report available below provides analyses of the data used to determine the impairment listings for the aforementioned eight basins. It also includes recently collected data that indicates that Assawoman Bay, Sinepuxent Bay, Newport Bay, Chincoteague Bay, Kent Island Bay, and Rock Creek are currently meeting water quality standards. As a result, the analyses support the conclusion that bacteria Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) are not currently necessary for these six basins and the listings will be moved to Category Two “surface waters that are meeting some standards and have insufficient information to determine attainment of other standards” of the State’s list of impaired waters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that additional data is necessary to conduct similar analyses for Monie Bay and Langford Creek; therefore, these two basins will be moved to Category Three “waters with insufficient information to determine if water quality standards are being attained” of the State’s list of impaired waters.
WQAs of Fecal Coliform for Eight Basins in Maryland: Assawoman Bay, Sinepuxent Bay, Newport Bay, and Chincoteague Bay in Worcester County; Monie Bay in Somerset County; Kent Island Bay in Queen Anne’s County; Rock Creek in Anne Arundel County; and Langford Creek in Kent County
(Concurrence May 9, 2005)
EPA's Decision Letter
Comment Response Document
Please direct questions or comments concerning this project to Maryland's TMDL Program at (410) 537-3818.
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