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Clean Water Act Status: PRINCE GEORGE'S 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
    PRINCE GEORGE'S County contains a portion of 3 watersheds:
    Lower Potomac
    Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan
    Patuxent
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 39%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 144

    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 1
    High 21
    Medium 8
    Low 44
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 70
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 109
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Fish Consumption Advisory 31%
    Nutrients 19%
    Ammonia 19%
    Organic Compounds 18%
    Sediments 18%
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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: 10
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 27%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nutrients 50%
    Pathogens 30%
    Sediments 30%
    Organic Compounds 20%
    Metals 10%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 25
    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 68%
    Organic Compounds 24%
    Fish Consumption Advisory 24%
    Sediments 24%
    Nutrients 16%
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    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: 109 (cause not reported for 20%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 72%
    Natural Sources 21%
    Impairment source not reported 20%
    Municipal Point Sources 10%
    Unknown Sources 7%
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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: 10
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 27%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 100%
    Combined Sewer Overflows 10%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 25
    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 96%
    Combined Sewer Overflows 20%
    Municipal Point Sources 20%
    Natural Sources 16%
    Unknown Sources 4%

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


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