I'm Salmo, a kokanee salmon. I was asked by the Lake Roosevelt Forum to tell you a little about Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) standards for temperature in Lake Roosevelt.
TMDLs are part of setting water quality standards and implementing water improvement plans. These standards and plans let humans, fish and other species benefit from our precious rivers, lakes and streams. When I say benefit I mean using our waterways for things like drinking water, irrigation, recreation, power generation, flood control, and quality habitats for fish like me.
With so many beneficial uses, it can be hard to balance everyone's needs and wants. To learn more about TMDLs, click on the TMDL Links icon below.