On March 14, 2018, the Secretary of the Environment adopted amendments to the water quality standards regulations. Final action on the regulations was published in the March 30, 2018 edition of the Maryland Register Online. Comments specific to this proposal were received and have been addressed in a comment/response document.
MDE would like to note that recently collected data has become available which demonstrates that the existing use of some waters is different than the currently designated use classification found in Code of Maryland Regulations 26.08.02.08. The Department will be addressing these waters with the work of an advisory committee set to begin in April 2018. In the meantime, MDE is providing a list of those waters on its webpage and has shared this list with MDE's permitting programs so as to protect the valuable aquatic resources currently found in these streams. A list of these waters is available here: Streams Under Evaluation.
• Water bodies that are now Use III or III-P
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