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What is a TMDL?

More and more you will start hearing about TMDL studies. What are they, what do they mean, and where are they already scheduled to take place in the area?


TMDL stands for Total Maximum Daily Load. It refers to specific pollutants as applied to specific water bodies. Basically, a TMDL defines how much of a certain pollutant a lake can accommodate (maximum load) and still meet its designated uses, such as fishing and swimming.

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