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Clean Water Act Status: Waits Watershed
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
    Cleanest/Best Watersheds National Average Dirtiest/Worst Watersheds
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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
    Waits contains a portion of 2 counties:
    CALEDONIA County, VT
    ORANGE County, VT
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): Data not available
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 8
    Brimston Crn To Below W. Fairlee Village, Lower Ompompanoosuc (2.4 Miles)
    Copperas Brook (1 Mile)
    Ely Brook Below Ely Mine (2 Miles)
    Levi Pond (groton)
    Ompompanoosuc River Below Ely Mine (1.5 Miles)
    Pike Hill Brook, From Mouth To 3 Miles Upstream
    Sawnee Bean Br. To Usacoe Beach Area, Lower Ompompanoosuc (2.4 Miles)
    West Branch Of Ompompanoosuc River (4.5 Miles)
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Aesthetics / Scenic 62%
    Aquatic Life Support 62%
    Agriculture 25%
    Industrial 25%
    Drinking Water Supply 25%
    Primary Contact Recreation (Swimming) 25%


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 0
    High 0
    Medium 0
    Low 0
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 8
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 7
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VERMONT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 16%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Metals 71%
    pH 43%
    Pathogens 29%

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


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 1
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in VERMONT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 7%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    pH 100%

    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: 7(cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VERMONT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 16%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

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


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 1(cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in VERMONT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 7%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

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




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  • Links
    U.S. EPA Watershed Health Index
    U.S. EPA Condition and Vulnerability Indicators
    U.S. EPA Watershed Profile
    U.S. Geological Survey: Water Resources Links
    USGS report on the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) study unit this watershed is in.
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