Know what a TMDL is? Over the next two years, every farmer, rural home owner and landowner in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia may see "total maximum daily load" as an acronym for a cuss word. If you think that's an exaggeration, you're not paying attention.
Several weeks ago, we alerted you to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new mandate via President Obama's executive order to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. All the above noted state environmental agencies were charged to submit preliminary watershed implementation plans by June 1 for animal feedlots, septic systems and construction sites – along with an assessment of whether states have funds to achieve them.
By October 15, all involved states must begin a 60-day public review and comment period. By November 1, all those states must submit final watershed implementation plans.
Pennsylvania opens public review
Last week, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced its first set of public TDML meetings to review watershed plans and receive public comment. All are set for 6 p.m., at the following communities:
Johnson Creek Watershed, Bradford County: June 15, Towanda.
Little Shamokin Watershed, Northumberland County: June17, Sunbury.
Lower Little Swatara Creek Watershed, Schuylkill County: June 16, Pine Grove.
Mud Creek Watershed, Columbia & Montour Counties: June 21, Danville.
Yellow Creek Watershed, Bedford & Blair Counties: June 23, New Enterprise.
East Branch Fishing Creek Watershed, Columbia & Sullivan Counties: June 24, Benton.
For more details, contact Bill Brown at 717-783-2951. To view a copy of the proposed TMDLs, visit DEP's TMDL webpage at www.dep.state.pa.us/watermanagement_apps/TMDL.