CWA Public Notice - Middle Fork Grand River
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
Water, Wetlands, and Pesticides Division
901 North 5th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY
TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD (TMDL)
FOR MIDDLE FORK GRAND RIVER, IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI
Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 USC § 1313(d)(1)(C), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) implementing regulation, 40 CFR § 130.7(c)(1), require the establishment of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for waters identified as not meeting water quality standards under authority of § 303(d)(1)(A) of the CWA. Each of these TMDLs is to be established at a level necessary to implement applicable water quality standards (WQS) with seasonal variations and a margin of safety, accounting for lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between pollutant loading and water quality.
To meet the milestones of the 2001 Consent Decree, American Canoe Association, et al. v. EPA, No. 98-1195-CV-W, in consolidation with No. 98-4282-CV-W, February 27, 2001, EPA is establishing this TMDL. The EPA is developing this TMDL in cooperation with the state of Missouri, and Missouri may submit and EPA may approve another TMDL for this water at a later time.
The Middle Fork Grand River flows southerly into northwest Missouri (Worth and Gentry Counties) from Iowa (Ringgold County). In Missouri, the stream travels for approximately twenty-five miles to its confluence with the West Fork Grand River, where it becomes the Grand River. Twenty-five miles of Middle Fork Grand River is listed as impaired for sediment. The drainage area of the impaired segment of Middle Fork Grand River is approximately 226 square miles with a 36-mile long channel. The principal water quality problems in north Missouri streams are suspended sediment, elevated water temperatures, pesticide spills, and the loss of pool habitat. The impairment of this waterbody is based on exceedence of the general, or narrative, criteria contained in Missouri's WQS, 10 CSR 20-7.031(3) (A), (C) and (G). Public comment for this TMDL ends on October 29, 2006.
Persons wishing to comment on this proposed TMDL or to offer new data or information regarding the proposed TMDL are invited to send comments to the EPA, Region 7, Water, Wetlands, and Pesticides Division, 901 North 5th Street, Kansas City, Kansas, 66101, ATTENTION: Mr. Nate Dunbar, Water Quality Management Branch.
A copy of the proposed TMDL can be obtained through the Internet or by contacting Mr. Dunbar via electronic mail at email@example.com or via fax request at 913-551-9982. On the web, the TMDL is found at: http://www.epa.gov/region07/water/tmdl_public_notice.htm.