Water Quality Analyses (WQA) with EPA Concurrence of MDE's Findings: Broadford Lake

Broadford Lake is an impoundment located near Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland. The impoundment lies on Broadford Run, a tributary of the Little Youghiogheny River. The Little Youghiogheny River lies in the Youghiogheny River Drainage Basin, in the upper western corner of Maryland. Broadford Lake supplies drinking water for the Town of Oakland. In addition, it is a highly used recreational facility, with two swimming beaches and many picnic tables.

The Little Youghiogheny River watershed (basin code 05020202), specifically Broadford Lake, was identified on Maryland’s 2002 list of WQLSs as being impaired by mercury in fish tissue.  An analysis of available fish tissue data supports the conclusion that a TMDL for mercury in fish tissue is not necessary to achieve water quality standards in Broadford Lake.  Barring the receipt of any contradictory data, the Water Quality Analysis (WQA) available below will be used to support the removal of Broadford Lake for mercury in fish tissue from Maryland’s list of WQLSs when the Department proposes the revision of the 303(d) list for public review in the future. A nutrient TMDL was completed in 1999.

WQA of Mercury for Broadford Lake,
Garrett County, Maryland

(EPA Concurrence on Sept. 2, 2004)
EPA's Decision Letter EPA's Decision Letter
Main Report wqa_broadford_final_Hg.pdf
Comment Response Document



Contact Information

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