Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) invites you to participate in
a public meeting at the Hobart Community Center, 111 E. Old Ridge Road in
Hobart on Monday July 14 at 2 p.m. to learn about the results of the water
quality monitoring of the Deep River- Portage Burns Watershed and the TMDL.
Total Maximum Daily
Loads, or TMDL, are the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can
receive and still meet water quality standards. A TMDL is the sum of the
allowable loads of a single pollutant from all contributing point and
nonpoint sources. The calculation must include a margin of safety to ensure
that the waterbody can be used for the purposes the State has designated.
IDEM is developing TMDLs for impaired waters in Indiana to characterize the
causes of the impairments and identify potential sources of pollution.
River-Portage Burns watershed has several streams that are impaired for E.
Coli, Impaired Biotic Community, siltation, dissolved oxygen, and nutrients.
IDEM has developed a TMDL for the entire Deep River-Portage Burns watershed.
You can help by
attending this meeting and learning about the TMDL and the development of a
watershed management plan. At this meeting, IDEM will provide an overview of
the TMDL and monitoring results on the Deep River-Portage Burns watershed.
The watershed group will provide information on how to get involved with the
development of the watershed management plan.