Kentucky’s Division of Water and Division of Compliance Assistance have created an informational TOOL KIT to provide a basic understanding of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program.
A TMDL is a calculation of the amount of pollutants that can enter a water body and still meet the water quality standard for a designated use.
The goal of the Clean Water Act is to eliminate the discharge of pollutants into waters so that they are fishable, swimmable and drinkable. The Division of Water TMDL staff monitors water bodies to identify the level of pollutants and determines allowable levels while still meeting their designated uses.
The TOOLKIT provides background information about the Clean Water Act and basic information on TMDL reporting requirements along with internet links to additional or more detailed information.
“The TMDL process is very complex, but this TOOLKIT helps break it down into manageable pieces of information that help build an understanding of the program. It is designed to provide user- friendly information and to allow the user to explore topics at greater depth, if desired,”said Amy Siewert, TMDL section supervisor.
Additional information can be found on Kentucky’s TMDL Program website: http://water.ky.gov/waterquality/Pages/TMDLProgram.aspx