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Pajaro River Nitrate TMDL


Pending approval by the State Water Resources Control Board and the Office of Administrative Law, this nitrate TMDL will sunset and be superseded by the TMDL  project entitled Total Maximum Daily Loads for Nitrogen Compounds and Orthophosphate in Streams of the Pajaro River Basin which was adopted by Resolution No. R3-2015-0004 on July 30, 2015 by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Problem Statement
- Pajaro River and Llagas Creek were identified as impaired for nutrients and included on the 1998 303(d) list. The listings do not specify whether it was based on violation of the narrative objective for biostimulatory substances, for violations of objectives for particular nutrients, or a combination. In addition, staff reports recommend listing of Llagas Creek due to violation of the municipal and domestic supply (MUN) numeric water quality objective of 10 milligrams per liter (mg/L) nitrate as nitrogen (nitrate-N). Except for violation of the nitrate water quality objective for Llagas Creek, neither the staff reports nor the actual listing specify a particular nutrient as cause for the impairment of Pajaro River or Llagas Creek.
Map of the project area

Status and Public Notices

Status: fully approved and effective. Report Card - June 2012
Public Notice: none at this time.

Approval status

Central Coast Water Board - approved December 2, 2005.
US Environmental Protection Agency - approved October 13, 2006, which is the effective date.


  • October 13, 2006 - USEPA approves the Pajaro River Nitrate TMDL
    • USEPA approval letter
  • December 2, 2005 - Central Coast Water Board approves the Pajaro River Nitrate TMDL

For Additional Information

Please contact Larry Harlan at 805-594-6195 or by email at Larry.Harlan@waterboards.ca.gov