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Deriving Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Standards

Journal of the American Water Resources Association

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DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12108

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Abstract

Achieving and maintaining the water quality conditions necessary to protect the aquatic living resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries has required a foundation of quantifiable water quality criteria. Quantitative criteria serve as a critical basis for assessing the attainment of designated uses and measuring progress toward meeting water quality goals of the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership. In 1987, the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership committed to defining the water quality conditions necessary to protect aquatic living resources. Under section 303(c) of the Clean Water Act, States and authorized tribes have the primary responsibility for adopting water quality standards into law or regulation. The Chesapeake Bay Program partnership worked with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop and publish a guidance framework of ambient water quality criteria with designated uses and assessment procedures for dissolved oxygen, water clarity, and chlorophyll a for Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries in 2003. This article reviews the derivation of the water quality criteria, criteria assessment protocols, designated use boundaries, and their refinements published in six addendum documents since 2003 and successfully adopted into each jurisdiction's water quality standards used in developing the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Deriving Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Standards
Series title:
Journal of the American Water Resources Association
DOI:
10.1111/jawr.12108
Volume
49
Issue:
5
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Contributing office(s):
Maryland Water Science Center
Description:
18 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
1007
Last page:
1024
Country:
United States
Other Geospatial:
Chesapeake Bay