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DRAFT Temperature TMDL WLA Guidance (MS4 General Permit Section 22)

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

Currently there are two approved total maximum daily load (TMDLs) for Brown’s Creek and Miller Creek that include MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) wasteload allocations (WLAs) for thermal loading. Brown’s Creek is impaired for aquatic life due to a lack of cold water fish assemblage. Miller Creek is impaired for aquatic life due to a lack of cold water fish assemblage and elevated water temperature.

Requirement (Permit Section 22.7)

If the permittee has an applicable WLA for temperature that includes a reduction greater than zero percent, the permittee must maintain a written plan that identifies specific activities the permittee will implement to reduce thermal loading during the permit term (Table 1). The written plan may include, but is not limited to:

  1. implementation of infiltration BMPs such as bioinfiltration practices;
  2. disconnection and/or reduction of impervious surfaces;
  3. retrofitting existing structural stormwater BMPs; and
  4. improvement of riparian vegetation.

MS4s with applicable temperature WLAs
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TMDL Project MS4 with a WLA for temperature
Browns Creek TMDL Stillwater City
Miller Creek TMDL Duluth City
Hermantown City
Rice Lake City
MnDOT Outstate
St. Louis County
University of Minnesota-Duluth
Lake Superior College

Information on potential BMPs/activities that may be included in the written plan to reduce heat to Brown’s Creek and Miller Creek are available in the following:

Brown’s Creek TMDL

Miller Creek TMDL