||Total Maximum Daily Loads for Island Creek, Town Creek, Trent Hall Creek, St. Thomas Creek, Harper and Pearson Creeks, Goose Creek and Indian Creek and a Water Qulaity Analysis for Battle Creek of Fecal Coliform for Restricted Shellfish Harvesting Areas in the Lower Patuxent River Basin in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties, Maryland.
This report provides an analysis of recent monitoring data, which shows that the bacteria water quality criteria, determined from the designated use, is being met in Battle Creek within the Lower Patuxent River Basin; therefore, TMDLs of fecal coliform are not necessary to achieve water quality standards in this watershed. Barring the receipt of any contradictory data, this report will be used to support the bacteria listing change for Battle Creek from Category 5 (waterbodies impaired by one or more pollutants and requiring a TMDL) to Category 6 (waterbodies that have been de-listed or removed from the list) when MDE proposes the revision of Marylands 303(d) list for public review in the future. This document also proposes TMDLs for Island Creek, Town Creek, Trent Hall Creek, St. Thomas Creek; Harper and Pearson Creeks; Goose Creek; and Indian Creek. These restricted shellfish harvesting areas are impaired by levels of bacteria exceeding Maryland's water quality standards for fecal coliform, which has resulted in closure of the areas to shellfish harvesting.