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Clean Water Act Status: CHARLES County, MD
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
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    Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data):
    Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state):

    NOTE: Data limitations affect the accuracy of these rankings.

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    CHARLES County contains a portion of 2 watersheds:
    Lower Potomac
    Patuxent
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 45%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 82

    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 1
    High 13
    Medium 3
    Low 18
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 47
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 58
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Fish Consumption Advisory 59%
    Nutrients 26%
    Sediments 22%
    Ammonia 10%
    Pathogens 5%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 5
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 27%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nutrients 60%
    Sediments 40%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 19
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 98%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 58%
    Fish Consumption Advisory 32%
    Sediments 21%
    Nutrients 21%
    Metals 5%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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  • Leading Sources of Water Quality Problems
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 58 (cause not reported for 10%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 88%
    Natural Sources 29%
    Municipal Point Sources 14%
    Impairment source not reported 10%
    Unknown Sources 2%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 5
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 27%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 19
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 98%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 95%
    Natural Sources 21%
    Municipal Point Sources 5%
    Unknown Sources 5%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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