For immediate release: Jul 25, 2011
Posted by: [IDEM]
Contact: Amber Kent Finkelstein
Phone: (317) 232-8512

IDEM invites public to meetings about draft water quality report

Who:  Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)

What:  Public meetings about the draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Upper White River Headwaters in Delaware, Randolph and Henry counties

When and where:  Wednesday, July 27, 2011
. 1 p.m., Kennedy Library, 1700 W. McGalliard Road, Muncie, Ind.
. 6 p.m., Randolph County 4-H Fairgrounds, Conference Room, 1885 S. US 27, Winchester, Ind.

On the Web:  www.watersheds.IN.gov/2347.htm

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has completed a draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Upper White River Headwaters in Delaware, Randolph and Henry counties and has scheduled two public meetings on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, to discuss the report. The first meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Kennedy Library in Muncie. The second meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Randolph County 4-H Fairgrounds in Winchester.

TMDL is the term for a calculation to determine the maximum amount of pollutants, or pollutant load, a stream can receive and not violate state water quality standards. A TMDL document for a watershed may contain TMDL calculations for one or more streams within the watershed. IDEM developed the draft TMDL document for the Upper White River Headwaters based on water samples from area streams in 2001 and 2006 showing violations of the standard for E. coli.

Water quality impacts can result from pollutants that come from a number of common sources. For example, the biggest contributor of contamination to streams and lakes is nonpoint source pollution. This type of pollution is most commonly related to storm water run-off that contains pollutants from residential, business and agricultural areas; animal waste and manure from livestock; and leaking and failing septic systems. Point source pollution, which comes from regulated entities, can also impact water quality.

Residents may submit comments on the draft TMDL through August 26, 2011. Comments may be mailed to:
  Selena Medrano
  MC65-44 Shadeland
  Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  100 North Senate Ave.
  Indianapolis, IN 46204-2551

Comments will also be accepted by e-mail at smedrano@idem.IN.gov or by fax at (317) 308-3219.

The TMDL for the Upper White River Headwaters contains sampling data, source identification, and the loading calculations for point source and nonpoint source pollution that are causing the impairments. The TMDL allocations will be used to determine what steps should be taken so that water quality standards and target criteria may be met. For more information about TMDLs, watersheds and nonpoint source pollution, visit the IDEM watersheds portal at www.watersheds.IN.gov.

About IDEM
Established in 1986, IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.

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