Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Eastern Bay

Eastern Bay is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Queen Anne’s County, MD. Two restricted shellfish harvesting areas in the Eastern Bay basin are addressed in the report available below: Little Creek and Shipping Creek.  Little Creek is less than one km in length, flows to the southwest, and is located about 17 km from the mouth of Eastern Bay.  Shipping Creek is located about six km west of Little Creek and flows southeast into Eastern Bay, ending approximately 12.5 km from the mouth of Eastern Bay.  Eastern Bay in turn flows into the Chesapeake Bay.  Little Creek has a drainage area of 106.1 acres (0.4 km2), and Shipping Creek has a drainage area of 595.2 acres (2.4 km2).  Both creeks are relatively narrow with widths of about 150 to 250 m.

Eastern Bay (basin number 02130501) was first identified on the 1996 303(d) List submitted to EPA by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) as impaired by nutrients, sediments, and fecal coliform.  On the 2004 303(d) List, the fecal coliform impairment was clarified with the identification of two specific restricted shellfish harvesting areas within the basin.  The document available below addresses the fecal coliform listings of the two restricted shellfish harvesting areas:  Shipping Creek and Little Creek.  The nutrient and sediment impairments were addressed with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. 


Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Coliform for the Restricted Shellfish Harvesting Area in Little Creek and a Water Quality Analysis of Fecal Coliform for Shipping Creek of the Eastern Bay Basin in Queen Anne’s County, MD

(Approved on September 27, 2005)

EPA's Decision Letter EPA's Decision Letter
Main Report TMDL_easternbay_fc.pdf (809KB)

Comment Response Document

CRD_easternbay_fc.pdf (61KB)


Contact Information

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