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Predicting Sediment TMDLs for Forest Conditions with the WEPP Model
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 554-559 in Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Environmental Regulations: Proceedings of the March 11-13, 2002 Conference, (Fort Worth, Texas, USA) 701P0102.(doi:10.13031/2013.7611)
Authors: William J. Elliot,
Water quality laws require regulatory agencies to identify the beneficial uses streams and rivers,
and to determine the pollutants that may impair those uses. The amount of pollutant that can be
tolerated for a given beneficial use is the total maximum daily load (TMDL). In forest
watersheds, sediment is generally the greatest pollutant. Sediment sources include surface
erosion from forested hillslopes and roads, mass failure, and channel erosion.