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Basic Course: Supplemental Topics - Brief Topic Quiz (Alt)

Listing Impaired Waters and Developing TMDLs

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To complete your review of the topic in this module, please take the self-assesement quiz by reviewing each question and considering the possible responses.

A note about the quiz:

At the bottom of this page are the answers for this section.

Answer each of the questions below

1. Statement: EPA requires that a State/Tribe submit its 303(d) list annually on April 1.
  1. True.
  2. False.
2. Statement: When using the Integrated Reporting categories, the 303(d) list is represented by Category 5.
  1. True.
  2. False.
3. Which of the following components must be included in a TMDL document submitted for EPA review?
  1. Description of the applicable water quality standards.
  2. Allocations to point and nonpoint sources.
  3. Assessment of seasonal variation on the ability of the water body to meet water
  4. All of the above.
  5. None of the above.
4. The public can get involved in the identification of impaired/threatened waters and TMDL development in all but which one of the following ways?
  1. Provide data on water quality.
  2. Develop a TMDL on its own through a citizens group.
  3. Review and comment on the draft list of waters or a draft TMDL.
  4. Work with the State/Tribe to develop a third-party TMDL.
5. Which of the following is NOT true regarding implementation of TMDLs?
  1. Point source loadings are implemented through the NPDES program.
  2. Nonpoint source loadings are implemented through federal regulations under the Polluted Runoff program.
  3. Nonpoint source loadings may be implemented under a State/Tribal or local program.
  4. None of the above.

Answers

  1. True or False Statement: EPA requires that a State/Tribe submit its 303(d) list annually on April 1.

    Answer: False. Each State/Tribe is required by regulation to submit its 303(d) list on April 1 of every even-numbered year.

  2. True or False Statement: When using the Integrated Reporting categories, the 303(d) list is represented by Category 5.

    Answer: True. Waters are placed in Category 5 when available data and/or information indicate that at least one designated use is not being supported or is threatened and a TMDL is needed. Category 5 is the 303(d) list.

  3. Which of the following components must be included in a TMDL document submitted for EPA review?

    Answer: All of the above.

  4. The public can get involved in the identification of impaired/threatened waters and TMDL development in all but which one of the following ways?

    Answer: Develop a TMDL on its own through a citizens group. EPA encourages input to State/Tribes from citizen associations. But TMDL development must involve the State/Tribe.

  5. Which of the following is NOT true regarding implementation of TMDLs?

    Answer: Nonpoint source loadings are implemented through federal regulations under the Polluted Runoff program. There is no federal enforcement authority for control of nonpoint source pollution. Controls may be enforceable through State/Tribal and local regulations.


Disclaimer:
For informational purposes only–Not official statements of EPA policy.

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