Proposed Resolution No. 12D, 2013
SUBJECT: SUPPORTING THE ADDITION OF TRASH TO THE LOUISIANA LIST OF WATERWAY IMPAIRMENTS AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF TRASH LOAD LIMITS FOR IMPAIRED LOUISIANA WATERWAYS
WHEREAS, Section 402(p)(6) of the Clean Water Act authorizes responsible agencies to designate impairment sources that require regulation to protect water quality and to develop a comprehensive storm water program to regulate discharges, and
WHEREAS, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its designee, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), have established Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL’s) of various impairments in waterways around the State specified on the 303(d) list (impaired waterways), and
WHEREAS, the EPA has recently added trash to the national list of impairment categories used by states to report on impaired waterways, and
WHEREAS, the Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC) Title 33, Part IX, Chapter 11 establishes water quality standards to protect or enhance the quality of all state waters for recreational use and requires that they be maintained in an aesthetically attractive condition, free from objectionable deposits and floating debris [trash] that form nuisances or negatively impact aesthetics, and
WHEREAS, Title 33, Part IX, Section 2517 states that municipal storm water runoff continues to harm the nation’s waters and may contain or mobilize high levels of contaminants, such as sediment, suspended solids, nutrients, heavy metals, pathogens, toxins, oxygen-demanding substances, and floatables [trash].
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Louisiana Wildlife Federation supports efforts by individual organizations to control the proliferation of trash in all waterways.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Louisiana Wildlife Federation hereby petitions the LDEQ to add trash to the list of impairments that are used to compile the Louisiana 303(d) list (impaired waterways) for approval by the EPA, to assess Louisiana waterways for trash impairment, and to determine trash allocations and TMDLs for waterways determined to be impaired by trash.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Louisiana Legislature should consider action in support of the above proposals as necessary to support achievement of the goals defined above.
Submitted by: Friends of the Atchafalya
Contact Person: Charles Caillouet
for consideration by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation in convention assembled.
Amite River Preservation Association
Contact: Richard Venable
Baton Rouge Audubon Society
Contact: Jane Patterson
Bayou Manchac Group
Contact: Jonathan Scott
Friends of the Atchafalya
Contact: Charles Caillouet
Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Contact: Leigh Harris, Executive Director
Pack and Paddle
Contact: John Williams, Owner
Sierra Club Delta Chapter
Contact: Haywood (Woody) Martin, Chair
Tulane Green Club
Contact: Nicholas Stracco, President
States and Districts with Trash/Debris TMDLs
Alaska, Maryland, California, and, the District of Columbia
States that have Listed Trash as an Impairment and Started Assessments
Ohio, Hawaii, and Massachusetts
States with Comprehensive Litter Control or Container/Bag Programs that will avoid the need for Trash TMDLs
Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maine, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington