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Lake Learning - Demystifying total maximum daily load

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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?

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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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