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“Using Collaborative Decision-Making to Implement TMDLs”
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 525-531 in Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Environmental Regulations: Proceedings of the March 11-13, 2002 Conference, (Fort Worth, Texas, USA) 701P0102.(doi:10.13031/2013.7606)
Authors: Katherine E. Bunting-Howarth,
In order to achieve many of the promulgated the Total Maximum Daily Loads
(TMDL) for Delawares watersheds, significant reductions of nonpoint source pollution
are needed. Dissolved oxygen and nutrients are major concerns for the waters of the
State. However, nonpoint sources of pollution are usually not the subject of regulation
and reductions are usually the result of voluntary measures. In order to meet load
reductions from nonpoint sources, community involvement, political will and reliable
funding will be essential. Thus, Delaware is moving forward with implementing these
TMDLs by using a process that includes the public in the drafting of the implementation
plan regulations instead of at the end as required in administrative procedures. In
Delaware, Pollution Control Strategies (PCS), or TMDL implementation plans, are being
drafted by Tributary Action Teamsgroups of citizens with different interests, beliefs
and values. This example of bottom-up policy-making hopes to gain public support for
the TMDL along with the actions necessary to achieve the quality standards.