TMDL/Watershed Liaison Program
TMDL/Watershed Liaison Program was created to develop TMDLs and make support easier to access for groups interested in sponsoring
TMDLs and those currently involved with a watershed project.
What is a TMDL?
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is the
amount of a particular pollutant that a particular stream, lake, estuary or
other waterbody can "handle" without violating state water quality standards. Of
course, this is a greatly simplified explanation!
So what's the big deal?
Once a TMDL is established, responsibility for reducing pollution among both
point sources (pipes) and diffuse sources is assigned. Diffuse sources
include, but are not limited to, run-off (urban, agricultural, forestry, etc.),
leaking underground storage tanks, unconfined aquifers, septic systems, stream
channel alteration, and damage to a riparian area.
Who's responsible for
Ultimately, the state of North Dakota. However, according to the
Clean Water Act, EPA is responsible ... if the states forgo their