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Impaired Waters and TMDLs

A Method for Comparative Analysis of Recovery Potential in Impaired Waters Restoration Planning

The paper appeared in the Environmental Management journal in August 2009. It describes an indicator-based method for setting restoration priorities among large numbers of impaired waters through using recovery potential screening. The paper covers the screening methods, their programmatic purpose and three state or multi-state scale studies.

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