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Progress Report: Initial Steps Taken to Implement TMDL Program, Too Early to Determine Water Quality Improvements, Report No. 05-42, August 2005
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  • The Department of Environmental Protection has taken steps to address the concerns identified in our 2003 report.  The department has assessed many of the state’s waterways to determine their level of pollution; adopted priority lists of impaired water bodies; established total maximum daily load (TMDL) pollution limits for 52 water bodies; and negotiated basin plans to establish the specific actions necessary to achieve the TMDLs and reduce pollutant levels.
  • The department’s efforts to develop and implement TMDLs are still in their early stages.  As a result, it is too early to determine if the program has improved water quality in the state.  Department managers believe it will take many years for a TMDL to produce demonstrable water quality improvements.  In the interim, the department regularly should provide additional information to the Legislature to help it assess progress in developing and implementing TMDLs.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 03-12 Justification Review: Water Resource Management Program, Department of Environmental Protection, published in February 2003.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Water Resource Management
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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