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Clean Water Act Status: Pawcatuck-Wood Watershed
 
 
  • 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
    Pawcatuck-Wood contains a portion of 3 counties:
    KENT County, RI
    NEW LONDON County, CT
    WASHINGTON County, RI
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 16%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 29
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Overall Use 83%
    Not Reported 14%
    Aquatic Life Support 3%


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 5
    High 6
    Medium 13
    Low 4
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 1
    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: 13
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in CONNECTICUT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 16%
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 54%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impaired Biological Community 54%
    Pathogens 31%
    Metals 23%
    Nutrients 15%
    Other Habitat Alterations 8%
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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: 10
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in CONNECTICUT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 42%
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 75%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nutrients 70%
    Aesthetics 10%
    Impaired Biological Community 10%
    Mercury 10%
    Metals 10%
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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 CONNECTICUT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in CONNECTICUT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 100%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 33%
    Debris 17%
    Metals 17%
    Nutrients 17%
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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: 13(cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in CONNECTICUT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 16%
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 54%
      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: 10(cause not reported for 90%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in CONNECTICUT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 42%
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 75%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 90%
    Atmospheric Deposition 10%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 6(cause not reported for 66%)
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in CONNECTICUT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in CONNECTICUT assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in RHODE ISLAND assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 67%
    Marinas 33%
    Municipal Point Sources 33%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 33%
    Combined Sewer Overflows 17%
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    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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