Southeast Creek is located within Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. It drains into the Chester River, which in turn drains to Chesapeake Bay. The creek is approximately 5.1 miles (8.1 kilometers) in length, from its confluence with the Chester River to the tidal upper reaches of its headwaters.
The tidal portion of Southeast Creek was identified on the State’s 1996 list of Water Quality Limited Segments (WQLSs) as impaired by nutrients, suspended sediments and fecal coliform. Water quality data and modeling analyses suggest that the nutrient phosphorus is the cause of excessive algal growth in the Southeast Creek; therefore, this TMDL is established for phosphorus to address the nutrient impairment. The water quality goal of this TMDL is to reduce high chlorophyll a concentrations (a surrogate for algal blooms) and to maintain the dissolved oxygen (DO) concentration at a level where the designated uses for Southeast Creek will be met. The suspended sediment and fecal coliform impairments will be addressed at a later date.
EPA's Decision Letter
Comment Response Document
Please direct questions or comments concerning this project to Maryland's TMDL Program at (410) 537-3818.
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