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Nonpoint Source Success Stories

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This Nonpoint Source Success Stories Web site features stories about primarily nonpoint source-impaired waterbodies where restoration efforts have led to documented water quality improvements. Waterbodies are separated into three categories of stories, depending on the type of water quality improvement achieved:

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Connecticut Edgewood Park Pond 
North Running Brook
Norwalk River 
Nevada Las Vegas Wash
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe:
  Truckee River, Lower

Partially or Fully
Restored Waterbodies

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Stories about Partially or Fully Restored Waterbodies

This section includes stories about waterbodies that have achieved water quality standards for one or more pollutants and/or designated uses after having been previously included on the 303(d) list of impaired waters. Get more details.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Idaho  

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas  

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Massachusetts

Michigan  

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York  

North Carolina  

  • Brasstown Creek
  • Clear Creek (2)  
  • Cullasaja River  
  • Fourth Creek (3) 
  • Little Ivy Creek 
  • Mills River
  • Richland Creek
  • Smith Creek 
  • Swannanoa River (2)
  • Tar-Pamlico Basin
  • North Dakota

    Ohio

    Oklahoma

    Oregon

    Pennsylvania

    Puerto Rico

    Rhode Island

    South Carolina

    South Dakota

    Tennessee

    Texas    

    Utah

    Vermont

    Virginia

    Washington

    West Virginia

    Wisconsin

    Wyoming

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    Stories That Show Progress Toward Achieving Water Quality Goals

    This section includes waterbodies on the 303(d) list of impaired waters that show measurable progress toward achieving water quality goals, but do not yet meet water quality standards. Get more details.

    Alaska

    American Samoa

    Colorado

    Delaware

    District of Columbia  

    Idaho

    Maryland  

    Michigan

    Minnesota

    North Carolina

    North Dakota

    Ohio

    Oklahoma

    Oregon

    Pennsylvania

    South Carolina

    Virginia  

    Washington

    West Virginia  

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    For a list of stories in individual states in this category, click on the state name. The total number of waterbodies reported as partially or fully restored for each state is noted next to the state name. The information included in the parentheses next to each story name indicates the fiscal year(s) and the number of waterbodies (if more than one) that counted towards EPA’s WQ-10 water quality measure.

    Alabama [4]
    Alaska [20]  
    Arizona [1]
    Arkansas [8]  
    California [15]  
    Colorado [3]  
    Connecticut [4]  
    Delaware [5]  
    District of Columbia [1]
    Florida [1]
    Georgia [12]   
    Idaho [5]  
    Illinois [10]  
    Indiana [12]  
    Iowa [7]  
    Kansas [31]   
    Kentucky [4]  

    Louisiana [10]  

    Maine [6]  
    Maryland [1]  
    Massachusetts [1]
    Michigan [6]  
    Minnesota [6]  
    Mississippi [5]  
    Missouri [14]  
    Montana [9]  
    Nebraska [7]
    Nevada [1]
    New Hampshire [7]
    New Jersey [8]  
    New Mexico [5]  
    New York [9]  
    North Carolina [14]   
    North Dakota [3]  
    Ohio [1]
    Oklahoma [45]   
    Oregon [1]  
    Pennsylvania [37] 
    Puerto Rico [3]
    Rhode Island [1]
    South Carolina [15]  
    South Dakota [5]
    Tennessee [34]     
    Texas [15]  
    Utah [1]
    Vermont [13]
    Virginia [15]    
    Washington [91]
    West Virginia [6]  
    Wisconsin [7]
    Wyoming [12]  

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    Stories That Show Progress Toward Achieving Water Quality Goals

    This section includes waterbodies on the 303(d) list of impaired waters that show measurable progress toward achieving water quality goals, but do not yet meet water quality standards. Get more details.

    See a list of all stories in this category | Close list
    For a list of stories in individual states in this category, click on the state name. The year the story was posted online is noted in parentheses.



    Stories about Ecological Restoration

    This section includes waterbodies that had water quality problems but were not listed on the 303(d) list or on the Integrated Report (for unspecified reasons). However, restoration efforts were implemented that resulted in one or more uses being restored. The year the story was posted online is noted in parentheses.

    District of Columbia

    Hawaii

    Massachusetts

    New Hampshire

    Wyoming

    Tribes

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    Printable Versions of Success Stories

    This Web site presents each story on a separate Web page, and a printable PDF (About PDF) version is linked on the story page.


    Links to Legacy Success Stories
    These volumes represent the early progress of the section 319 Nonpoint Source Control Program. The format and required criteria for published stories have since changed. Information found on the legacy pages may be outdated.

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    Visit this Web site often to view the progress of nonpoint source efforts nationally and in your state as new stories continue to be developed as more waterbodies show improvement.

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