Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Coliform for the Restricted Shellfish Harvesting Area of the Chester River in the Lower Chester River Basin, Southeast Creek Basin, and Middle Chester River Basin in Kent and Queen Anne�s Counties, Maryland

Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Chester River

The restricted shellfish harvesting area in the Chester River mainstem is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties.  This restricted area is located in three 8-digit basins: Lower Chester River (basin number 02130505), Southeast Creek (basin number 02130508), and Middle Chester River (basin number 02130509). The Chester River is approximately 44.5 km in length and its width ranges from 30 to 500 m upstream and approximately 5.4 km at its mouth (where it flows into Chesapeake Bay).  The portion restricted to shellfish harvesting has a length of 10.0 km and a drainage area of 195,548.2 acres (791.4 km2).

The restricted shellfish harvesting area in the Chester River is located in portions of three 8-digit basins: Lower Chester River (basin number 02130505), Southeast Creek (basin number 02130508) and Middle Chester River (basin number 02130509).  The assessment unit listing code for this area in Maryland’s 303(d) List is MD-CHSOH-Chester River.  These three basins were all first identified on the 1996 303(d) List submitted to EPA by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).  The Lower Chester River was listed as impaired by sediments (1996), nutrients (1996), fecal coliform in tidal shellfish harvesting portions of the basin (1996), toxics (2002), impacts to biological communities (2002, 2004), and bacteria in public beaches (2006).  The Southeast Creek was listed as impaired by sediments (1996, 2002), fecal coliform in tidal shellfish harvesting portions of the basin (1996), impacts to biological communities (2002, 2004) and bacteria in public beaches (2006).  The Middle Chester River was listed as impaired by sediments (1996), fecal coliform in tidal shellfish harvesting portions of the basin (1996), toxics (2002) and impacts to biological communities (2002, 2004, 2006).  The document, available below, establishes a TMDL of fecal coliform for the one restricted shellfish harvesting area in the Lower Chester River, Southeast Creek and Middle Chester River, hereafter referred to as the Chester River restricted shellfish harvesting area.  Thus, the TMDL addresses all three listings for fecal coliform in the tidal shellfish harvesting portions of the three 8-digit basins.  The listings for other impairments within the Lower Chester River Basin, Southeast Creek Basin, and Middle Chester River Basin will be addressed at a future date. 

Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Coliform for the Restricted Shellfish Harvesting Area of the Chester River in the Lower Chester River Basin, Southeast Creek Basin, and Middle Chester River Basin in Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties, Maryland

(Approved on June 11, 2008)

EPA's Decision Letter EPA's Decision Letter
Main Report TMDL_chester_fc.pdf (1128KB)

Comment Response Document

CRD_chester_fc.pdf (5KB)

 

Contact Information

Please direct questions or comments concerning this project to Maryland's TMDL Program at (410) 537-3572.


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