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Clean Water Act Status: ALABAMA
 
 
  • 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):

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    ALABAMA contains a portion of 50 watersheds.
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 14%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 154
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Aquatic Life Support 94%
    Wildlife Support 94%
    Primary Contact Recreation (Swimming) 16%
    Drinking Water Supply 8%
    Industrial 5%
    Agriculture 5%
    Shellfish Consumption 4%
    Aesthetics / Scenic 1%
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 17
    High 18
    Medium 16
    Low 63
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 39
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 1
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 137 (cause not reported for 0%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in ALABAMA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 5%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 61%
    Sediments 34%
    Pathogens 28%
    pH 18%
    Nutrients 15%
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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: 11
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in ALABAMA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 94%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 73%
    Nutrients 55%
    Organic Compounds 36%
    Pesticides 36%
    pH 18%
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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: 6
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in ALABAMA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in ALABAMA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 15%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 67%
    Mercury 17%
    Metals 17%

    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: 137 (cause not reported for 29%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in ALABAMA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 5%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Agriculture 44%
    Impairment source not reported 29%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 20%
    Hydromodification/Habitat Modification 7%
    Industrial Point Sources 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: 11
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in ALABAMA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 94%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Contaminated Sediments 45%
    Hydromodification/Habitat Modification 45%
    Other Sources 36%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 36%
    Industrial Point Sources 27%
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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: 6
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in ALABAMA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in ALABAMA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 15%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 50%
    Contaminated Sediments 17%
    Hydromodification/Habitat Modification 17%
    Industrial Point Sources 17%
    Municipal Point Sources 17%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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