Measure WQ-8b Metadata


Most Recent Measure Description:
ACS Code:WQ-8b
PERS Code:bpk
Measure Key Words:TMDLs developed by States
Measure Language:Number, and national percent, of approved TMDLs, that are established by States and approved by EPA [State TMDLs] on a schedule consistent with national policy. Note: A TMDL is a technical plan for reducing pollutants in order to attain water quality standards. The terms 'approved' and 'established' refer to the completion and approval of the TMDL itself.
Goal, Objective and Subobjective:2.2.1: Improve Water Quality on a Watershed Basis
Measure Type:Target
ACS Shareholder:All Regions
Comments:Annual pace is the number of TMDLs needed to be established consistent with national policy, i.e. generally within 13 years of listing of the water as impaired.


Type of Measure *Yes/NoFY09FY10FY11FY12
NPGYes2,951(82%)2,491(76%)1,9992,129(62%) (National); 1,748 (Regional)
Budget (target)Yes33,54039,10141,61143,711
Strategic PlanNo   n/a
KPINo   n/a
ARRANo   n/a
StateGrantYes2,951(82%)2,491(76%)1,9992,129(62%) (National); 1,748 (Regional)
* Note: The figures for all budget measures are targets. The figures for all the other types of measures are commitments established during the development of the National Water Program Guidance.


Office Information:
Office Lead:OWOW
Contact:Shera Reems, EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds: reems.shera@epa.gov | (202) 566-1264


Most Recent Measure Definition (From FY2010 or FY2010, if available):
Terms and Phrases:Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) - A technical plan for reducing pollutants in order to attain water quality standards. The terms ‘approved’ and ‘established’ refer to the completion and approval of the TMDL itself. Pace, Annual pace, Regional pace, Total pace – TMDLs needing to be completed in a given fiscal year; a Regional aggregation of state pace figures (see “state pace” below). State pace – Number of TMDLs needing to be completed in a given state in a given fiscal year (these TMDLs may eventually be developed by either the state and approved by EPA or established by EPA). State pace is based on state litigation or other schedules or straight-line rates that ensure that national policy is met. National policy states that TMDLs are typically established and approved within 8 to13 years of the water having been listed as impaired per Clean Water Act Section 303(d). State-developed (TMDL) pace – Number of state-developed (EPA-approved) TMDLs needing to be completed in a given fiscal year. Like “state pace” above, state-developed pace is based on state litigation or other schedules or straight-line rates that ensure that the national policy is met, but does not include those TMDLs established by EPA. Target – Number of TMDLs projected to be completed in a given fiscal year. Targets for an upcoming year are usually set by Regions in March. EPA policy has been that targets should be within 80 to 100% of the pace. Commitment – Number of TMDLs that states promise to complete in a given fiscal year. Targets for an upcoming fiscal year evolve into draft commitments in July and final commitments in September. EPA policy has been that commitments should be 80-100% of the pace.
Methodology for Computation of Results:This portion of the measure is calculated using the same methodology as indicated above, but considers only state-developed (and EPA approved) TMDLs (WQ-08b) state-developed pace is determined by subtracting the number of EPA-established TMDLs from the total pace. For example, if Region 1 reported that zero of its TMDLs would be EPA Established, Region 1 state-developed TMDL target would still be 200. If Region 2 reported that 5 of its TMDLs would be EPA Established, Region 2 state-developed TMDL target would be 110.
Units:Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
Universe:All TMDLs needed to address causes of impairment according to the most current state 303(d) list.
Baseline:The number of TMDLs needed to address outstanding causes of impairment changes with each 303(d) list cycle; therefore, a baseline as such is not appropriate for these measures


Most Recent Regional Measure Results Trend Data (From FY2010 End of Year Report, if available):
Measure Results Trend DataWQ-8b.xls


Most Recent National Results Trend Data Chart (From FY2010 End of Year Report, if available):
Measure Results Trend Data ChartWQ-8b.xlsx


ACS Measure History:
Fiscal YearACS CodeMeasure Description
2012WQ-8bNumber, and national percent, of TMDLs, that are established by States and approved by EPA [State TMDLs] on a schedule consistent with national policy. Note: A TMDL is a technical plan for reducing pollutants in order to attain water quality standards. The terms 'approved' and 'established' refer to the completion and approval of the TMDL itself.
2011WQ-8bNumber, and national percent, of TMDLs, that are established by States and approved by EPA [State TMDLs] on a schedule consistent with national policy. Note: A TMDL is a technical plan for reducing pollutants in order to attain water quality standards. The terms 'approved' and 'established' refer to the completion and approval of the TMDL itself.
2010WQ-8bNumber, and national percent, of TMDLs, that are established by States and approved by EPA [State TMDLs] on a schedule consistent with national policy. Note: A TMDL is a technical plan for reducing pollutants in order to attain water quality standards. The terms 'approved' and 'established' refer to the completion and approval of the TMDL itself.
2009WQ-8bNumber, and national percent, of TMDLs that are established by States and approved by EPA [State TMDLs] on a schedule consistent with national policy.
2008WQ-8bNumber, and national percent, of TMDLs that are established by States and approved by EPA [State TMDLs] on a schedule consistent with national policy.
2007WQ-13bNumber of TMDLs, and national percent, that are established by States on a schedule consistent with national policy.
2006WQ-12Percentage of the TMDLs required for waters currently on the 303(d) list that are established or approved by EPA that are “on pace.”Annual pace targets will be based on state schedules or straight-line rates that ensure that the national policy is met (on average, within 13 years of listing).


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Most Recent Data Sources and Data Quality and Limitations (From FY2011 or FY2010 V & V, if available):WQ-08b.docx




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