In February, Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) Region 4 accepted the Gunpowder Creek Watershed Plan and Supplement as the first Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Alternative plan for the state. A TMDL Alternative is a restoration approach that details a plan and a set of actions pursued in the near-term designed to attain water quality standards. The TMDL Alternative lowers the priority for TMDL development in anticipation of the plan addressing impairments and meeting water quality standards and removing the requirement for a TMDL to be developed. […]
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