Newport Bay System and
Saint Martinís Creek TMDLs (http://www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/WaterPrograms/TMDL/Pub_Notice/
One way of managing the input of nutrients into a body of water is the Total
Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL. A TMDL establishes the maximum amount of a
water quality stressor, such as nitrogen or phosphorus, that can be
introduced into a system and continue to meet water quality standards. The
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has proposed nitrogen TMDLs for
most tributaries of Newport Bay as well as for BOD (Biological Oxygen
Demand) in one tributary. Follow the first link above to view this draft.
TMDLs for nitrogen and phosphorus have been approved by USEPA for the St.
Martinís Creek watershed. Follow the second link to view the final report.
Worcesterís Natural Resources (http://www.co.worcester.md.us/loguide.htm):
This site on Worcester County's Homepage has information on shoreline,
forest and sensitive area protection in the coastal bays watershed.
Worcester County Environmental
This site on Worcester County's Homepage has information on fecal coliform
counts. During the bathing beach
season, the county takes weekly samples at 8 sites in Ocean City, 7 sites on Assateague
Island and 5 sites at Public Landing.
Futures A report by the Maryland
Department of Planning which conducted analyses to illustrate the potential
impacts of future development, and how different management approaches could
affect these future growth patterns. (http://www.mdp.state.md.us/planningact/download/coastalbays.pdf)
In order to obtain the sediment distribution data for the coastal bays, the
Maryland Geological Survey conducted a detailed survey of the bottom
sediments of the Maryland coastal bays between 1991 and 1997. Follow the
link above to view maps showing the sediment types in the Coastal Bays.
Habitat for Wildlife (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Habitat/habitatfw.asp):
Gateway to Marylandís program for enhancing wildlife habitat on private
lands. Maintained by the DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service, this program
provides aid and incentives to landowners wishing to make their property a
part of Marylandís Wild Acres.
Data (DNR Merlin) (http://mdmerlin.net):
Are you interested in viewing interactive maps of Marylandís Coastal Bays
(or any other area in Maryland)? Visit the Merlin website, maintained by
Marylandís Environmental Resources and Land Information Network, where you
can access GIS maps overlaid with useful information such as land use,
hydrology, and sensitive areas.
Delaware Inland Bays:
Delawareís inland waterways face similar challenges to those in Maryland.
Visit the Delaware Coastal Inland Bays website (http://www.inlandbays.org)
for information on the efforts of this non-profit organization to foster
partnership among governments, citizens, and industry and to sponsor