December 20, 2013
EPA Releases a New Framework for Implementing the TMDL Program
POSTED BYKori Andrews
Last week another “Stoner Memo” was published. This time, the memo announced a new framework for implementing the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) Program – in other words, the TMDL program. The full memo can be read here, but highlights include:
- States and EPA have been developing this framework since August 2011;
- The framework “does not alter the CWA 303(d) regulations, [but] it does encourage States to develop tailored strategies to implement their CWA 303(d) Program responsibilities in the context of their overall water quality goals.”
- The memo directs each EPA region to “work closely with their States on setting priorities in such settings as Performance Partnership Agreements/Grants.
SMG will study the framework and break it down for you at a later date.