A total maximum daily load (TMDL) is the calculation of the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that a water body can absorb and still meet water quality standards. Missouri’s water quality standards establish pollutant limits to protect drinking water supply, fishing, swimming, aquatic life and other designated uses. When waterbodies fail to meet the water quality standards, they are considered impaired waters. The federal Clean Water Act requires states to develop TMDLs for all waters on the 303(d) List of Impaired Waters. The calculated TMDL is allocated among the various pollutant sources in the watershed and becomes the goal to restore water quality. For more information, review the department's What are TMDLs? - PUB2090 fact sheet or visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Overview of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) website. 

In Missouri, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources develops TMDLs. Each TMDL document includes allocations of the acceptable load for all pollutant sources. It also includes an implementation plan to identify how the load will be reduced to a level that will protect water quality. All draft TMDLs are made available for review and comment during a 45-day public comment period. Email public comments or questions about TMDLs to tmdl@dnr.mo.gov

TMDL Development Prioritization and Scheduling

Water body impairments are ranked as high, medium or low priority for TMDL development. For impairments ranked as high priority, a specific year is given for when a TMDL may be developed. All priority rankings and development schedules are reevaluated with each new 303(d) List.

Approved TMDLs

Tap on the image to access online locational data for impaired water bodies or lakes.

Approved TMDLs are the final TMDL document, as approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after public notice and comment. Access to final TMDL documents are provided below in two different formats. The only difference is the amount of additional information provided about the impaired water body or lake.

  • Missouri Approved or Established Total Maximum Daily Loads - A PDF document containing minimal information about the impaired water body or lake and links to the final TMDL document and implementation document, if available.
  • Impaired Waters and TMDL Map Viewer - An online ArcGIS map that shows locational data for the impaired water body or lake. Detailed information about the water body is accessed by clicking on the line or polygon segments on the map. Included in the water body information are links to the final TMDL document and implementation document, if available. Although the department compiled the map information, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the department as to the accuracy of the data and related materials.
  • Tools and Resources for Watershed Planning and Improvement - A TMDL identifies water quality problems, possible causes and provides targets for restoration. However, actual water quality improvements are often dependent upon voluntary actions and support from local communities and landowners residing within the watershed.

TMDLs Under Development


Water Body Identification Number and Name

Pollutant Comments
  • 1781 - Cinque Hommes Creek, Perry County
  • 1786 - McCanahan Creek, Perry County
  • 1792 - Dry Fork, Perry County
  • 1794 - Omete Creek, Perry County
  • 1796 - Brazeau Creek, Perry County
E. coli

Alternative restoration approach accepted by EPA on May 5, 2021

  • 3825 - Black Creek, St. Louis County
  • 3826 - Deer Creek, St. Louis County
Chloride TMDL under development
  • 3570 - Dutro Carter Creek, Phelps County
E. coli TMDL under development
  • 2080 - Big River, Washington, St. Francois, Jefferson counties
  • 2113 - Salt Pine Creek, Washington County
  • 2114 - Tributary to Old Mines Creek, Washington County
  • 2166 - Eaton Branch, St. Francois County
  • 2171 - Koen Creek, St. Francois County 
  • 3282 - Turkey Creek, St. Francois County
  • 3938 - Flat River Tributary, St. Francois County
TMDL under development
  • 7386 - Harrison County Lake, Harrison County
Chlorophyll-a TMDL under development
  • 0549 - Thompson River, Harrison County
  • 0550 - No Creek, Grundy and Livingston counties
  • 0560 - Weldon River, Grundy and Livingston counties

E. coli

Final TMDL was submitted to EPA for approval on June 24, 2022. 

    • 1300 - Mound Branch, Bates County
    Low Dissolved Oxygen

    EPA approved final TMDL on Aug. 8, 2022.

    • 1325 - Little Dry Wood Creek, Vernon County
    • 1326 - Little Dry Wood Creek, Barton and Vernon counties
    • 1327 - Pleasant Run Creek, Vernon County
    Low Dissolved Oxygen TMDL under development
    • 1308 - Marmaton River, Barton and Vernon counties
    Low Dissolved Oxygen Revised TMDL planned
    • 3278 - Lost Creek, Newton County
    • 3279 - Little Lost Creek, Newton County
    • 3280 - Willow Branch, Newton County
    E. coli

    The draft TMDL and implementation strategies documents are now available for public review and comment from  Aug. 12, 2022 to Sept. 26, 2022. For more information, review the Lost Creek public notice.