Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Dividing Creek

The Dividing Creek watershed is located in the Pocomoke River region of Maryland.  The watershed encompasses 39,699 acres (62.03 square miles) in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.  Of this, the non-tidal portion accounts for 23,150 acres (36.17 square miles) of the northern half of the overall watershed.  The headwaters of Dividing Creek, which is one of the major tributaries of the Pocomoke River, begin just above the Wicomico County border.  Flowing south it becomes the border for Somerset and Worcester Counties and is joined by Pollitt’s Branch.  Near the town of Whitesburg, Dividing Creek is joined by its major tributary Pusey Branch, which also begins in Wicomico County.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has identified the non-tidal portion of Dividing Creek and its tributaries in the State of Maryland’s 303(d) List as impaired by fecal bacteria (listed in 1996) and by impacts to biological communities (listed in 2004 and 2006).  The waterbodies of the Dividing Creek watershed have been designated as Use I - Water Contact Recreation, and Protection of Non-tidal Warmwater Aquatic Life (see Code of Maryland Regulations [COMAR][5]).  The document, available below, establishes a TMDL for fecal bacteria in the non-tidal Dividing Creek watershed that will allow for attainment of the beneficial use designation of primary water contact recreation.  The listing for impacts to biological communities will be addressed separately at a future date.  

Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Bacteria for the Non-Tidal Dividing Creek Basin in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties, Maryland

(Approved on April 15, 2009)

EPA's Decision Letter EPA's Decision Letter
Main Report TMDL_dividingcreek_bacteria.pdf (1324KB)

Comment Response Document

CRD_dividingCreek_bacteria.pdf (7KB)

Contact Information

Please direct questions or comments concerning this project to Maryland's TMDL Program at (410) 537-3818.