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Jefferson River Metals TMDL Document

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Jefferson TMDL Project Area Draft Metals TMDL Document for Advisory Group Review


 The draft "Jefferson River Metals Project Area TMDLs and Water Quality Improvement Plan" will be available for public comment beginning Tuesday, September 30, 2014 and will run until 5 p.m. Friday, October 31, 2014. The draft document and information on submitting comments will be available on DEQ's webpage at: http://deq.mt.gov/pubcom.mcpx. Copies of the document will also be available at the Butte, Twin Bridges, Whitehall, and Three Forks public libraries and at the Montana State Library in Helena. An informational public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the Community Center in Whitehall (11 North Division Street). Lou Volpe and Christina Staten will discuss the document and answer questions. 


Document / Appendix

Document / Appendix Contents

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Jefferson River Metals Project Area TMDLs and Water Quality Improvement Plan (2.39 MB)


Appendix A: Table of Impairments on the 2012 Water Quality Integrated Report & Their Statuses

(Appendix A is included with the main document)

Contains the full draft TMDL document and Appendix A.


Section 1: Project Overview

Section 2: Jefferson River TMDL Project Area Description

Section 3: Montana Water Quality Standards

Section 4: Defining TMDLs and Their Components

Section 5: Metals Water Quality Data, Targets, Source Assessment, TMDLs, Allocations, Margin of Safety, and Adaptive Management

Section 6: Non-Pollutant Impairments & Future TMDL Development

Section 7: Water Quality Improvement Plan & Monitoring Strategy

Section 8: Stakeholder & Public Participation

The stakeholder review version of the draft document has been removed from this page. See above for information on submitting public comments.

Appendix B: Metals Water Quality Data (~0.45 MB)

Surface water quality data for the Jefferson River and multiple tributaries

Appendix C: Metals Sediment Data (~0.08 MB)

Sediment metals data for the Jefferson River, Jefferson Slough, and Whitetail Deer and Little Whitetail Creeks

Appendix D: Metals Data for the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby Rivers (~0.08 MB)

Metals water quality data for the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby Rivers

Appendix E: Metals Data for Big Pipestone and Whitetail Deer Creeks (~0.1 MB)

Surface water quality data for Big Pipestone and Whitetail Deer Creeks

Appendix F: Jefferson Slough TMDLs and Allocations Example Calculations (~0.06 MB)

Example TMDL and allocation calculations for the Jefferson Slough

Appendix G: Golden Sunlight Mine Stormwater Data (~0.1 MB)

Stormwater data collected at the Golden Sunlight Mine

Appendix H – Cleanup/Restoration and Funding Options for Mine Operations or Other Sources of Metals Contamination

Will be available in public comment document



Project Contacts






Project Coordinator

Christina Staten


(406) 444-2836

Metals Project Manager

Lou Volpe


(406) 444-6742

Temperature Project Manager

Kristy Fortman


(406) 444-7425


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Page Released: September 2, 2014

Last Updated: September 29, 2014