Who: Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
What: Public meeting about the Draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Cicero Creek Watershed in Hamilton and Tipton counties
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Where: Hamilton East Public Library, 2nd Floor Genealogy Room, One Library Plaza, Noblesville, 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 Cicero Creek Watershed in Hamilton and Tipton counties and has scheduled a public meeting on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, to discuss the report. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville.
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 Cicero Creek Watershed 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.
The TMDL for the Cicero Creek Watershed 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.
The public is invited to submit written comments on the draft TMDL report from August 1 through September 2, 2011. At that time the report will be posted on the IDEM website at www.watersheds.IN.gov/2652.htm. Comments may be mailed to:
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
100 North Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2551
Comments will also be accepted by e-mail at ejohnson@idem.IN.gov or by fax to (317) 308-3219.
For more information about TMDLs, watersheds and nonpoint source pollution, visit the IDEM watersheds portal at www.watersheds.IN.gov.
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. As the agency celebrates its 25th anniversary, IDEM is highlighting environmental accomplishments and important challenges that lie ahead.
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