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Criteria Development Guidance: Lakes and Reservoirs

The Nutrient Criteria Technical Guidance Manual: Lakes and Reservoirs is one in a series of waterbody-specific documents that support the National Nutrient Strategy. The intent of these documents is to provide States and Tribes with methods to assess waterbody nutrient impairment and develop ecoregion-specific nutrient criteria.

Complete document: Nutrient Criteria Technical Guidance Manual: Lakes and Reservoirs (PDF) (232 pp, 7 MB, About PDF) (EPA-822-B-00-001)

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Basis for Lake and Reservoir Nutrient Criteria
  • Chapter 3: Preliminary Steps for Criteria Development
  • Chapter 4: Establishing an Appropriate Database
  • Chapter 5: Candidate Variables for Criteria Setting
  • Chapter 6: Identifying and Characterizing Reference Conditions
  • Chapter 7: Nutrient Criteria Development
  • Chapter 8: Using Nutrient Criteria to Protect Water Quality
  • Chapter 9: Modeling Tools
  • References
  • Appendix A: Nutrient Region Descriptions
  • Appendix B: Case Studies