EPA Approves New MD Trash TMDL

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In a press release dated January 6, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its approval of a new Maryland State pollution limit for trash. The pollution limits are not unfamiliar to Marylanders, who have in recent years been required to pay a Stormwater Mitigation Fee for impervious area associated with their real estate. The pollution limits and Stormwater Mitigation fee are to meet Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) controls established to reduce pollutants such as phosphorous (TP), nitrogen (TN), total suspended solids (TSS), and trash. The newly instated trash TMDL affects tidal shorelines of parts of the Patapsco River and includes the Baltimore Harbor as well as the upstream watersheds of Jones Falls and Gwynns Falls.

If you have questions regarding reducing pollutants in stormwater runoff, or requiring engineering services for a project, please contact us at D.S. Thaler & Associates, Inc.

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