Project #1320

Technical Approaches for Setting Site Specific Nutrient Criteria

Research Manager
Dr. Daniel M. Woltering, Ph.D.
The Cadmus Group, Inc.
Source & Receiving Waters
Water Quality
Customer Relations & Stakeholder Engagement


This project developed a methodology for deriving site-specific nutrient criteria (SSNC) for surface waters, including streams and rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and coastal estuaries. The methodology was developed to extend the specification of U.S. EPA regional nutrient criteria for more localized conditions characterized by particular desired water quality requirements or designated uses. The proposed SSNC methodology provides local stakeholders with a recipe for estimating nutrient criteria consistent with site-specific water quality management goals and objectives. SSNC can serve as effective alternatives to regional criteria and an efficient and economical approach for achieving site-specific water quality objectives. Published by WERF. 136 pages. Soft cover.

Originally funded as WERF project 99-WSM-3.