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EPA Office of Water (OW): Impaired Waters with TMDLs by Causes of Impairment and Probable Sources and TMDL Pollutant
Under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), states, territories, and authorized tribes, collectively referred to in the Act and here as "states," are required to develop lists of impaired waters. A state’s 303(d) impaired waters list is comprised of all waters where required pollution controls are not sufficient to attain or maintain applicable water quality standards. The law requires that states establish priority rankings for waters on the lists and develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). A TMDL is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards, and an allocation of the load reduction needed from various sources of the pollutant.
The data can be used to identify the distribution of impaired waters with a TMDL within each state for pollutants of interest. The attribute information provided (e.g., TMDL pollutant, location, waterbody name) can be associated with the geospatial information (TMDLs on Impaired Waters NHD Indexed Dataset found at
). The attribute information can be downloaded at
. Please note that a water can be identified on a State’s 303(d) list as impaired for more than one cause of impairment and be identified as having more than one probable source. EPA considers TMDLs as water/pollutant combinations, please be mindful of this information when aggregating the attributes for analysis needs.
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US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water
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