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Clean Water Act Status: MARYLAND
 
 
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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
    MARYLAND contains a portion of 19 watersheds.
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 26%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 196
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.

    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 8
    High 64
    Medium 8
    Low 109
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 7
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 0
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 112
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nutrients 93%
    Sediments 73%
    Pathogens 21%
    Metals 12%
    pH 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: 29
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 27%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nutrients 76%
    Sediments 34%
    Metals 10%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 54
    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 52%
    Nutrients 33%
    Metals 24%
    Sediments 20%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 9%
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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: 112 (cause not reported for 0%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Natural Sources 97%
    Nonpoint Sources 97%
    Municipal Point Sources 36%
    Resource Extraction 2%
    Impairment source not reported 1%

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


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 29
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in MARYLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 27%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 100%
    Natural Sources 24%
    Municipal Point Sources 7%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 54
    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 81%
    Natural Sources 33%
    Municipal Point Sources 26%
    Other Sources 15%
    Unknown Sources 15%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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