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Clean Water Act Status: NEW HAMPSHIRE
 
 
  • 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
    NEW HAMPSHIRE contains a portion of 11 watersheds.
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 17%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 226
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.

    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 0
    High 36
    Medium 38
    Low 70
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 82
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 162
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in NEW HAMPSHIRE assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 24%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 39%
    Metals 36%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 12%
    Other 11%
    Impaired Biological Community 2%
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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: 54
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in NEW HAMPSHIRE assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 95%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    pH 43%
    Nutrients 30%
    Metals 24%
    Pathogens 4%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 10
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in NEW HAMPSHIRE assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in NEW HAMPSHIRE assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 90%
    Organic Compounds 50%
    PCBs 50%

    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: 162
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in NEW HAMPSHIRE assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 24%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Unknown Sources 63%
    Combined Sewer Overflows 10%
    Agriculture 6%
    Hydromodification/Habitat Modification 5%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 4%
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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: 54
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in NEW HAMPSHIRE assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 95%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Atmospheric Deposition 63%
    Unknown Sources 28%
    Agriculture 6%
    Combined Sewer Overflows 2%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 2%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 10
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in NEW HAMPSHIRE assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in NEW HAMPSHIRE assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Unknown Sources 100%

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


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