Phase 3 of Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP3)
In 2010, the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) published a historic clean-up plan to reduce pollution and restore
clean water in the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed by 2025. This plan is the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load
“TMDL” specifies pollution reduction goals for the seven jurisdictions in the
watershed: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, New York,
and the District of Columbia.
By 2025, Pennsylvania must
reduce nitrogen pollution levels by 34 million pounds per year; phosphorous
levels by .7 million pounds per year; and sediment levels by 531 million pounds
per year. For
more detailed information on these goals, see the EPA
Summary of a TMDL.
the other jurisdictions, Pennsylvania is required to develop a series of three
“Watershed Implementation Plans” (WIPs). These plans specify how Pennsylvania
will accomplish these pollution reduction goals—not only for 2025, but also for
dates before then, to be sure that Pennsylvania working to make steady
developed its Phase 1 WIP in 2010, and its Phase 2 WIP in 2012.
a helpful infographic of the steps of Phase 3 WIP
development from EPA.
DEVELOPMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA’S PHASE 3 PLAN
is working with the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Conservation
and Natural Resources and many other government, agriculture, environmental,
community, academic and business partners in 2017 and 2018 to develop Phase 3
of Pennsylvania’s WIP.
Phase 3 plan will specify the steps Pennsylvania will take through 2025 to meet
local water pollution reduction goals in the Bay watershed, based on EPA’s
midpoint assessment of our progress in 2017. (For more detailed information,
see EPA’s expectations for what the Phase 3
WIP should include.)
development and teamwork with partners is crucially important to the success of
the Phase 3 plan.
only are dozens of people participating as steering committee and workgroup
members (click on the tabs on right for details), but on June 5, 2017, over 240
people participated in our public kickoff and listening event for
Phase 3 planning.
Events and outreach
- Sept. 27: Steering
committee meeting: 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Room 105, RCSOB –open to public
DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell (right), Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding (center), and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn (left) discuss teaming up with local partners to develop Phase 3 of Pennsylvania’s plan to reduce nutrients and sediment from local waters in our 43 counties within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Listen to the July 20 “SmartTalk” interview on WITF FM.