||District of Columbia Final Total Maximum Daily Loads for Organics and Metals in Broad Branch, Dumbarton Oaks, Fenwick Branch, Klingle Valley Creek, Luzon Branch, Melvin Hazen Valley Branch, Normanstone Creek, Pinehurst Branch, Piney Branch, Portal Branch, and Soapstone Creek.
Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and EPA's Water Quality Planning and Management Regulations (40 CFR Part 130) require states to develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for waterbodies, which are exceeding water quality standards. In 1996, the District of Columbia (DC), developed a list of impaired waters that did not or were not expected to meet water quality standards as required by Section 303(d)(1)(A). This list, submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency every two years, is known as the Section 303(d) list. This list of impaired waters was revised in 1998 and also in 2002 based on additional water quality monitoring data. EPA, subsequently, approved each list. The Section 303(d) list of impaired waters contains a priority list of those waters that are the most polluted. This priority listing is used to determine which waterbodies are in critical need of immediate attention. For each of the listed waters, states are required to develop a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), which establishes the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive without violating water quality standards and allocates that load to all significant sources. Pollutants above the allocated loads must be eliminated. By following the TMDL process, states can establish water-quality based controls to reduce pollution from both point and nonpoint sources to restore and maintain the quality of their water resources. Rock Creek watershed tributaries are the main topics of the report.