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Measuring Success of a TMDL Implementation Plan

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  072161.(doi:10.13031/2013.23240)
Authors:   P L Barnes, D L Devlin, T D Keane, J C Neel
Keywords:   total maximum daily load, best management practices, watersheds

Over 20,000 individual river segments, lakes, and estuaries in the U.S. do not meet designated uses. The Clean Water Act requires States to develop total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) that describe the impairment(s) for each water body and set a course of action for remediation. However, success stories for the process of TMDL planning, development, implementation, and evaluation are rare and appear to require new strategies for integrating collaborative partnerships and technical guidance. This study proposes to demonstrate a model collaboration leading to effective TMDL implementation.

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