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Draft Sediment TMDL Restoration Plan

Notice of Public Comment
Non-Tidal Patuxent River Lower and Middle Watersheds Sediment TMDL Restoration Plan
Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works
Watershed Protection and Restoration Program

General information:
Public comment period begins: July 6, 2019
Public comment period ends: 4:00 p.m. on August 9, 2019

WPRP contact person:
Ginger Ellis, Planning Administrator
2662 Riva Road, MS#7409
Annapolis, MD 21401
Fax: 410-222-0759
E-mail: [email protected]

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) Watershed Protection and Restoration Program (WPRP) is developing restoration plans to address local water quality impairments for which a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) has been established by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A TMDL establishes a maximum load of a specific single pollutant or stressor that a waterbody can assimilate and still meet water quality standards for its designated use class. 

Under the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA), the State of Maryland is required to assess and report on the quality of waters throughout the state. Where Maryland’s water quality standards are not fully met, CWA Section 303(d) requires the state to list these water bodies as impaired waters. States are then required to develop a TMDL for pollutants of concern for the listed impaired waters. The Non-Tidal Lower and Middle Patuxent River watersheds are listed in Maryland’s Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality [303(d) list and 305(b) Report] for sediment pollution. On July 2, 2018 EPA approved sediment (total suspended solids, or TSS) TMDLs for the Non-Tidal Patuxent River Lower and Middle Watersheds. These two TMDLs apply to multiple Counties, and responsibility for reduction of sediment is divided among the multiple contributing jurisdictions. This plan will specifically address Anne Arundel County’s responsibility for meeting the stormwater wasteload allocation (SW-WLA) required by the Non-Tidal Patuxent River Lower and Middle sediment TMDLs.

WPRP invites comments from the public on Anne Arundel County’s proposed Sediment TMDL Restoration Plan. The draft “Non-Tidal Patuxent River Lower and Middle Watersheds Sediment TMDL Restoration Plan” is available for review and comment and can be inspected at the physical address listed above. 

Only written comments will be accepted, no phone calls accepted.  The public comment period will end at 4:00 p.m. on August 9, 2019. Written comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments and should be mailed to WPRP Attn: Ginger Ellis 2662 Riva Road, MS#7409, Annapolis, MD 21401, faxed to WPRP Attn: Ginger Ellis at 410-222-7059, or e-mailed to [email protected].

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