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Inner Bellingham Bay Contaminated Sediments TMDL: Detailed Implementation Plan

Publication number Date Published
03-10-057July 2003
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Author(s) Steve Hood
Description The federal Clean Water Act requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or delegated states to develop water cleanup plans for rivers, lakes and streams that fail to meet water quality standards. Bellingham Bay is among more than 650 waterbodies in Washington State that fail water quality standards.

A plan to clean up sediments in Bellingham Bay was adopted by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2001. This water cleanup plan, called a "total maximum daily load" (TMDL), sets forth the goals, objectives and tactics for achieving clean water Bellingham Bay.

As part of an agreement on the implementation of section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act, Washington State must prepare a "detailed implementation plan" which includes a monitoring plan and measures of success.

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Keywords contaminated, environmental, lakes, goals, 303(d), river, implementation, implementation plan, plan, water, sediment, TMDL, lake, Environmental Protection Agency, contaminated sediment
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