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Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)

A Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is a calculation of the amount of pollutants that a water body can assimilate and still perform all its functions. Development of a TMDL for the Woonasquatucket is not just a requirement of the Clean Water Act, but will help us to regulate and monitor the health of the river and to identify problem areas.

The TMDL for the Woonasquatucket for fecal coliform bacteria and dissolved metals was complete in April of 2007 and is available on the DEM website.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) also ordered a complete characterization of stretches along the river as well as pond and reservoir sampling. More than 350 stormwater outfalls have been identified thus far and efforts continue to track down illicit discharges in dry weather. Wet weather monitoring was used to identify sources of metals, bacteria, and other pollutants.

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