For more detailed information about Maryland’s designated uses and use class groupings, please click HERE. To go directly to maps of surface waters and their associated use classes, please click HERE.
For the full text of Maryland Water Quality Standards please visit COMAR 26.08.01 and COMAR 26.08.02.
Changes to the Water Quality Standards are implemented through regulatory changes which are subject to the normal promulgation process. Every three years, the Clean Water Act requires that States review their water quality standards in what is called the Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards (TR). The TR includes a robust public participation process prior to adoption of new or revised regulations. This process generally includes an Advanced Notice of Public Rule-Making (ANPRM) and solicitation of comments followed later by a more formal public comment period during which a hearing takes place (the formal comment period and hearing are required). Comments are incorporated and/or responded to in what becomes a public document as part of the TR package that EPA reviews. To see materials from Maryland's most recent Triennial Review actions (2013 and 2016) please click here. Please note that the 2016 TR Notice of Final Action has not yet been submitted to Division of State Documents for final promulgation.
Cold Water Advisory Committee
For more information, please contact Timothy Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (410) 537-3958.
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230