Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, Water Body Record

Wilsons Creek and Jordan Creek
Established Jan. 28, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, established the TMDL document for Wilsons Creek (WBID 2375) and Jordan Creek (WBID 3374), Greene and Christian counties. 

303(d)-listed pollutants:

  • Unknown.

To address the listing for unknown pollutants:

Stormwater runoff was used as a surrogate for the unknown pollutants.  Reducing stormwater flows will address the vast majority of the issues associated with the impairment and restore the aquatic life beneficial use.

On Sept. 30, 2011, the City of Springfield, Mo., filed suit against the EPA in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Southern District, challenging EPA's establishment of total maximum daily loads (TMDL) for Wilson, Jordan and Pearson Creeks in and near Springfield. Springfield's suit noted lack of statutory authority, arbitrary and capricious action, and violation of requirements for notice and comment rulemaking as the reasons for their challenge. Settlement discussions between the city and EPA began shortly after the complaint was filed. EPA subsequently filed a motion for voluntary remand of the challenged TMDLs, and on Feb. 20, 2013, a court order vacated the challenged TMDLs and remanded the matter to EPA for reconsideration.

Below find the Joint Report, Litigation Plan and Status, and the Order vacating and remanding the TMDL to EPA.

Documents in this record: