EPA Releases New Long-Term Vision for CWA Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program
EPA has announced a new collaborative framework for implementing the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) Program with states. The 303(d) Program requires states to develop lists of impaired waters, establish priority rankings for waters on the lists, and develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for these waters. The new Long-Term Vision for Assessment, Restoration, and Protection under the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) Program details enhancements made to the CWA 303(d) Program informed by the experience gained over the past two decades assessing and reporting on water quality and in developing approximately 65,000 TMDLs. This New Program Vision enhances overall efficiency of the 303(d) program, and in particular, encourages focusing attention on priority waters and provides states flexibility in using available tools beyond TMDLs to attain water quality restoration and protection.