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Clean Water Act Status: ESSEX County, VT
 
 
  • 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
    ESSEX County contains a portion of 3 watersheds:
    Passumpsic
    St. Francois
    Upper Connecticut
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 9%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 20
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Primary Contact Recreation (Swimming) 35%
    Aquatic Life Support 30%
    Aesthetics / Scenic 10%
    Fish Consumption 5%
     Beneficial uses not reported for 30% of waterbodies.


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 0
    High 1
    Medium 2
    Low 3
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 14
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 9
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VERMONT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 16%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 78%
    Metals 11%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 11%
    Organic Compounds 11%
    Sediments 11%

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


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 11
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in VERMONT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 7%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    pH 45%
    Nutrients 36%
    Metals 9%
    Mercury 9%

    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: 9 (cause not reported for 66%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VERMONT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 16%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 67%
    Agriculture 22%
    Unknown Sources 11%

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


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 11 (cause not reported for 72%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in VERMONT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 7%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 73%
    Agriculture 9%
    Atmospheric Deposition 9%
    Unknown Sources 9%

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


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