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Seven cities in the watershed were bound by an EPA mandate to bring TSS and heavy metals below the TMDL levels.
That weaker plan, called the Basin Management and Action Plan (BMAP), replaced the stricter requirements of the FDEP and SFWMD permitting programs designed to achieve compliance with water quality standards and the total maximum daily load (TMDL) requirements.
As the Principal Scientist for Caltrans, he provided TMDL training and monitoring for the US Navy and Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
Stormwater, like agriculture, is a major target of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL.
We propose that state CWA programming--to effectively address nutrient pollution--be evolved from an approach comprised of incomplete assessment, listing, and TMDL development to a more comprehensive approach focused on prioritizing small-scale watershed planning and implementation.
Funded through annual appropriations from the Florida Legislature, TMDL grants focus on projects designed to restore impaired springs, rivers, lakes and estuaries, which need help meeting Florida's stringent water-quality standards.
To accomplish the goal of meeting the TMDL in these impaired water bodies, the Florida Legislature directed DEP to establish a program based on watershed basins called BMAPs.
The American Farm Bureau Federation and other agricultural industry groups are challenging the legality of TMDL program.
All the affected municipalities, as well as OARS, participated on the Technical Advisory Committee for the TMDL study and are well aware that the 2005 limits were specified as "interim," pending a study of sediment and dam removal (now complete).
In 2002, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) took steps to solve the problem by developing a cleanup plan, or Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), that established the maximum amount of phosphorus that can be present in the lake while still meeting water quality standards.