Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans
In 2010, the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load
(TMDL) was established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This
historic clean-up plan provides a guide for reducing pollution and restoring
clean water to the Chesapeake Bay and its local rivers and streams.
To guide these efforts, Delaware, Maryland, New York,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia
(collectively referred to as the “Bay jurisdictions”) created a series of
roadmaps—known as Watershed Implementation Plans, or WIPs—describing how each
will achieve the pollution reductions called for in the TMDL.
There are three phases of WIPs. Phase I and II WIPs
were developed in 2010 and 2012, respectively, and describe actions to be
implemented by 2017 and 2025 to achieve the goals of the TMDL. Phase III WIPs,
under development in the 2017 to 2018 timeframe, will describe actions the
seven Bay jurisdictions intend to implement through 2025 to meet Bay
restoration goals, based on a 2017 midpoint assessment of progress.
Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL):
for WIP Development:
EPA’s Interim Expectations for Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (PDF)
Government’s Role in the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Effort (PDF)
June 5: Pennsylvania Phase III Chesapeake Bay Watershed Improvement Plan Kickoff and Listening Session
Although registration for this event is closed, your input
is valuable and requested. DEP has a 45-day open public
comment period starting June 3-July 7, 2017.
- What key
elements need to be included for this effort to be a success? What priority
issues must be addressed in the Phase 3 WIP for you to consider it a success?
- What measurable outcome does
the Commonwealth need to achieve by 2025 that would make this effort
- Is there a particular
initiative, action, partnership or training that would aid this effort?
- Are there possibilities for
continuing and enhancing current projects or initiatives?
are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment system.
Written comments should be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to the Department
of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office
Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.