Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Coliform for Areas of the Lower Patuxent River, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties, MD

Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Patuxent River Lower

Solomons Island Harbor is located on the northeast side of the Patuxent River, and Washington and Persimmon Creeks, and Cuckold Creek, are both located on the southwest side of the Patuxent River.   All three sites drain to the Patuxent River.  Solomons Island Harbor is located about 3.9 km from the Patuxent River mouth and has a length of about 4 km from northeast to southwest and a width of 0.8 km from east to west near the mouth.  It has a drainage area of 5,095.3 acres (20.6 km2).  Washington and Persimmon Creeks are located about 27.2 km from the Patuxent River mouth and have a drainage area of 4,835.8 acres (19.6 km2 ).  Washington Creek forms the north branch, with a length of 1.5 km and a width of 0.5 km.  Persimmon Creek forms the south branch, with a length of 1.4 km and a width of 0.3 km.  Cuckold Creek is located about 10 km from the Patuxent River mouth and has a length of about 2.8 km and a width of 0.5 km.  Its drainage area is 4,645.6 acres (18.8 km2 ).

The Lower Patuxent River (basin number 02131101) was first identified on the 1996 303(d) list submitted to the EPA by MDE as being impaired by nutrients and sediments, with listings of fecal coliform in the tidal portions added in 1998, and listings of toxics in the tidal portion and biological impacts in non-tidal portions added in 2002.   On the 2004 303(d) list, additional restricted shellfish harvesting areas were listed.  The document available below addresses fecal coliform impairment listings of three restricted shellfish harvesting areas within the Lower Patuxent River Basin:  Solomons Island Harbor, Washington and Persimmon Creeks, and Cuckold Creek.   The nutrient, sediment, toxic, biological, and any remaining bacteria impairments within the basin will be addressed at a future date. 

Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Coliform for Restricted Shellfish Harvesting Areas in Solomons Island Harbor, Washington and Persimmon Creeks, and Cuckold Creek  of the Patuxent River Lower Basin in Calvert and St. Mary's Counties, Maryland

(Approved on September 27, 2005)

EPA's Decision Letter EPA's Decision Letter
Main Report TMDL_lowerpax2_fc.pdf (2,287KB)

Comment Response Document

CRD_lowerpax2_fc.pdf (9.8KB)

 

Contact Information

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