The Sassafras River is located within Cecil and Kent Counties, Maryland with its headwaters in New Castle County, Delaware. It drains directly into Chesapeake Bay. The River is approximately 20.6 miles (33 kilometers) in length, from its confluence with Chesapeake Bay to the non-tidal upper reaches of its headwaters.
The Sassafras River (02130610) was first identified on the 1996 303(d) list submitted to U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). It was listed as being impaired by nutrients due to signs of eutrophication and suspended sediments. The document available below establishes a phosphorus TMDL for the Sassafras River. The suspended sediments impairment will be addressed at a later date.
EPA's Decision Letter
sas_main_final.pdf (1389 KB)
Point Source Technical Memorandum
sas_techmemo_final.pdf (146 KB)
Comment Response Document
Please direct questions or comments concerning this project to Maryland's TMDL Program at (410) 537-3818.
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230