Maryland's Designated Uses/Use Class Map

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About the Map

Maryland’s Designated Uses/Use Class map was updated in January 2019 and is consistent with a downloadable geodatabase provided below. The map displays the use classes assigned to Maryland's surface waters (rivers, impoundments, and tidal waters) as promulgated in Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Section 26.08.02.08. Maryland classifies surface water bodies according to use classes which describe the suite of specific designated uses or goals for that water body. For more information about Maryland's surface water use classes please visit MDE's designated use web page.

Please note that this map is a representation of the use classes in Section 26.08.02.08. Users should use these files for informational purposes only and not as the legally defined boundaries for each use class. It is recommended that you consult COMAR to determine the extent of the use classes; to access COMAR Section 26.08.02.08, click here.

GIS Download

The geodatabase accessible below was produced with ESRI's ArcGIS software. Users should always consult the metadata included with this geodatabase prior to using it. This geodatabase provides water body names and the designated use classes (e.g. I, II, IV-P, etc.) discussed in Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.08.02.08. For those waters where an existing use applies, the existing use is provided as well. Click "Download Geodatabase” below for a zip file containing the geodatabase that delineates use classes for the following water body types (updated as of as of January 2019):

  • ​Impoundments
  • Rivers and Streams
  • Tidal Waters

Download Maryland’s Designated Use Class Geodatabase


For other water quality mapping information, please visit MDE's Water Quality Maps page.

Contact Information

Please direct questions or comments concerning Maryland's water quality standards to Matthew Stover at Matthew.Stover@maryland.gov or 410-537-3611.