DEQ Identifies 20 Madison River Tributaries Not Meeting Water Quality Standards

DEQ Identifies 20 Madison River Tributaries Not Meeting Water Quality Standards

News Type: State Source: Billings Gazette
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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking comments, and holding a remote public meeting, on a draft water quality improvement plan for 20 Madison River tributaries.

The draft “Madison Sediment and Temperature TMDLs and Water Quality Improvement Plan” describes and discusses water quality problems related to sediment and water temperature. The tributaries are currently not meeting Montana’s water quality standards.

Total maximum daily load is a plan that identifies the maximum amount of pollutant a water can receive while still meeting water quality standards. The document outlines a strategy for reducing pollutant concentrations in order to meet those standards, but action by water districts or landowners is voluntary.