Sierran Masthead

IDEM Proceeds with Clean Water Plans

by Sandy Miles

President Bush’s administration has announced it will stop enforcing the TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) portion of the Clean Water Law for the next 18 months while it reevaluates the program.

TMDL is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a water body can receive and still meet water quality standards.

However, Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has decided to continue implementing the TMDL program in Indiana.

After a 6-month hiatus, IDEM finally released its list of polluted waterways scheduled to have cleanup plans written in 2001 or contracts signed to begin writing cleanup plans in 2001.

IDEM is considering removing from its list some waterways it had previously listed as polluted. Sierra Club representatives will be reviewing IDEM’s data to ensure there has been adequate testing to support these delistings. The only TMDL plan to be submitted by IDEM to date was for a portion of Kokomo Creek (in December 2000). The Sierra Club objected to that plan as seriously deficient.

If a stream near you is scheduled to have cleanup plans written or contracted this year, please contact the chapter office at (317) 466-9992 or e-mail to become involved in developing those plans.

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Fall 2001