Nutrient Benchmark Development. Gary Welker, Ph.D. USEPA Region 7 Environmental Services Division. Nutrient Criteria - Background. Clean Water Action Plan: Restoring and Protecting America’s Waters (February, 1998)
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Gary Welker, Ph.D.
USEPA Region 7Environmental Services Division
1. Ecoregional and waterbody-type specific.
2. Technical guidance by waterbody-type.
3. Regional Technical Advisory Groups (RTAG) and National Nutrient Team.
4. Ecoregional nutrient criteria for nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorophyll a and turbidity (i.e. causal & response variables).
5. Nutrient criteria development plans submitted by States/Tribes by December 31, 2004.
Assist States/Tribes in Criteria Development
ER 25/26 = High Plains & SW Tablelands Ecoregion
ER 27 = Central Great Plains Ecoregion
ER 28 = Flint Hills
ER 40 = Central Irregular Plains Ecoregion
ER 47 = Western Corn Belt Plains Ecoregion
ER IV = Great Plains Grass & Shrublands (Sand Hills & Flint Hills)
ER V = South Central Cultivated Great Plains (Western KS & NE)
ER VI = Corn Belt & Northern Great Plains (IA; Eastern NE; Northeast KS; Northwest MO)
ER VII = Glacial Dairy (Northeastern IA)
ER IX = SE Temperate Forested Plains & Hills (Northern MO & Eastern KS)
ER X = Texas-Louisiana Coastal & Miss. Alluvial Plains (Southeastern Missouri)
ER XI = Central & Eastern Forested Uplands (Ozarks)