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EPA approves maximum phosphorus load for lake

January 23, 2013
BY?REMINGTON?WHITCOMB ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

The health of Chautauqua Lake has taken a step toward improvement.

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the proposed total maximum daily load of phosphorus for Chautauqua Lake. This will allow the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission to continue moving forward toward its overall goal of a clean, healthy lake.

"Chautauqua Lake is impaired primarily because of phosphorus," said Jeff Diers, county watershed coordinator. "At the state and federal level, states with impaired bodies of water, over time, can go through what is called a total maximum daily load (TMDL), which is an attempt at reducing phosphorus loadings, primarily from point-source pollution, but it's not limited to that."

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