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|Main Title||Atlas of America's polluted waters.|
|CORP Author||Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds.|
|Publisher||Assessment and Watershed Protection Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,|
|Report Number||EPA/840-B-00-002; EPA 840-B-002|
|Additional Subjects||Water quality standards ; Water pollution ; Atlases ; Rivers ; Streams ; Charts(Graphs) ; Lakes ; States(United States) ; Maps ; Total maximum daily load ; Environmental Protection Agency ; Clean Water Act|
|Collation||1 atlas (53 pages) : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 x 28 cm.|
The maps in this atlas depit the waters within each state that do not meet state water quality standards. States listed these waters in their most recent submission to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), generally in 1998, as required by section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. This provision of the Clean Water Act requires a 'Total Maximum Daily Load' or TMDL for each listed water. There are more than 20,000 such waters identified nationally, comprising more than 300,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 5 million acres of lakes. The over-whelming majority of American's live within ten miles of a polluted waterbody. Each state map includes a bar chart of the combined number of miles of streams, rivers, and coastal shoreline or acres of lakes, estuaries and wetlands that do not meet state standards, and the pollutant that is causing the impairment. The pollutants most frequently identified as causing water pollution include sediments, excess nutrients, and harmful pathogens. Toxics, including metals, mercury and pesticides, also contribute to these impairments.
Shows streams, rivers, coastal shorelines, lakes, estuaries, and wetlands that do not meet state water quality standards. "May 2000." "EPA-840-B-00-002. Also available via Internet from the EPA web site. Address as of 7/26/00: http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/tmdl/; current access is available via PURL.