In Hot Water: Temperature TMDLs in the Pacific Northwest.
Abstract: This thesis examines temperature total daily maximum load (TMDL) and
TMDL implementation plans in the Pacific Northwest in order to determine the common and
unique strategies and challenges to TMDL implementation. Water temperatures for many rivers
and streams in the Pacific Northwest region are above state water quality standards,
threatening habitat quality for cold water salmonids... read more. The study area included seven case
study watersheds, which were investigated through interviews and document reviews. The
results of the case study investigations revealed that, in many cases, entities other than
the State Department of Environmental Quality were responsible for TMDL implementation; the
line of authority between entities implementing the TMDL is unclear, which may lead to
confusion between implementers; and the water quality data collected by many groups is not
coalesced into one centralized location for comprehensive analysis, which may lead to
inefficiencies in TMDL implementation. Moreover, as the Obama administration reforms
government agencies' data sharing and reporting procedures, comprehensive and standardized
collection and analysis of water quality parameter data may become the
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisors: Mary Davis, and Barbara Parmenter.
Keywords: Water Resource Management, Environmental management, and Environmental Studies.read less