Success Spotlight: Corsica River
EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week's success spotlight shines on Corsica River in Maryland. Nutrients from agricultural runoff, urban nonpoint sources, and a town's wastewater treatment plant had led to algae blooms in Maryland's Corsica River, prompting state to add the river to the state's list of impaired waters in 1996.
The state developed a total maximum daily load for nitrogen and phosphorus, and watershed partners implemented agricultural best management practices as well as initiated urban stormwater infiltration projects. After six years of restoration efforts, water quality monitoring in two Corsica River tributaries revealed a significant decrease in nitrogen concentrations, improving water quality. The Corsica River watershed restoration action strategy was highlighted as one of the best in the country by the national nonpoint source program in 2005.
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Source: US EPA