Draft 2016 303(d) List and Fact Sheet out for Public Comment

Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes that states are to list (the 303(d) list) waters for which technology-based limits alone do not ensure attainment of applicable water quality standards (WQS). The 303(d) list is to be submitted by the states to EPA on April 1 of each even numbered year. The 303(d) list includes priority rankings set by the state for the listed waters.

Alabama Department of Environmental Management

Notice of Availability of the Proposed Section 303(d) List of Impaired Waters for 2016

State of Alabama

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Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act requires that each state identify those waters within its boundaries for which controls of pollutant sources are not stringent enough to implement water quality standards applicable to such waters. In addition, each State shall establish a priority ranking for such waters, taking into account the severity of the pollution and the uses to be made of such waters. For each waterbody identified on the list, the state is required to establish a total maximum daily load (TMDL) for each pollutant at a level necessary to implement applicable water quality standards.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) has developed the Draft 2016 Section 303(d) List and is now making it available for public review and comment. Electronic copies of the Draft List and Fact Sheet are available on the ADEM web site at the following address: http://adem.alabama.gov/newsEvents/publicNotices.cnt. Copies of the Draft List and Fact Sheet may also be obtained by contacting ADEM at the address, e-mail address, or phone number provided below.

Persons wishing to submit comments or provide new information regarding the Draft 2016 Section 303(d) List are invited to do so in writing to Joseph Roy, Water Division, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, P.O. Box 301463, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1463 (street address: 1400 Coliseum Boulevard, Montgomery, Alabama 36110-2059). Mr. Roy’s phone number is 334-270-5635. His email address is jtr@adem.state.al.us. Comments must be received by the Department prior to 5:00 p.m. on March 7, 2016.

This notice is hereby given this 7th day of February, 2016, by authority of ADEM. You can download the list and fact sheet by clicking here.


Lance R. LeFleur