- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 6, 2006


Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) directs states to identify and list bodies of water, known as water quality limited segments (WQLS), in which the required controls of specified substances such as copper, lead, selenium, zinc and human waste — including fecal matter — are inadequate to achieve federal water quality standards.

For each WQLS, states are required to establish a “total maximum daily load” of specified substances any body of water can receive. The Maryland Department of the Environment implements these programs and must develop water quality analyses to demonstrate the federal water quality standards are being achieved.

The question begs: Is this being done?

— Gene Mueller



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