Defining a Process for Establishing Science-based Sediment TMDLs in Georgia and the Southeast
Keyes, Alice Miller
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In May 2000, The University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology (IOE) and The Georgia Conservancy (TGC) co-sponsored a forum to bring together scientists to discuss the process by which total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for sediment are established. The forum resulted in the creation of a TMDL technical advisory group (TAG). This TAG is composed of individuals from universities, federal, state, and local agencies and non-profit organizations and represents diverse interest groups concerned with sediment-related water quality problems in Georgia and the Southeast. This paper provides the history and the goals of the TMDL TAG, describes the consensus building process, and reports preliminary consensus items and common areas of scientific concern.