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July 9, 2012

DEP secretary Michael Krancer attended the annual Chesapeake Executive Council meeting in Gunston Hall, Virginia on July 9, where he spoke about Pennsylvania’s continuing efforts to improve the condition of the bay.

The Chesapeake Executive Council includes the chief executives of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Chesapeake Bay Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Chesapeake Bay headwater states of New York, West Virginia and Delaware also attended.

"This annual gathering is key in ensuring that we are on track to meet our obligations to improve conditions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed," DEP secretary Mike Krancer said, "It is important to interact with other states in the watershed to maintain accountability and accomplish our shared goals."

During the meeting, the Chesapeake Bay Program partners released their 2009 to 2011 Milestone Progress Reports and their new 2012 to 2013 milestone commitments to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment discharges into the bay.

Every two years, the states are required to meet milestone commitments to reduce pollution in the bay. The goal is for the program partners to put all projects in place by 2025.

The foundation of Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay efforts is a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) that includes milestone implementation and tracking, new technology, nutrient trading and enhanced compliance. Pennsylvania exceeded its 2011 milestone commitments in many areas, including dirt and gravel road erosion, and wastewater treatment plants.

Secretary Krancer also announced that DEP has revised the Draft County Planning Targets developed during the Phase II WIP process. Draft County Planning Targets for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment were developed for the 43 counties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The targets help inform county and municipal governments of the approximate level of effort necessary to reach Pennsylvania’s milestone commitments. The targets are for planning purposes only, and are not regulatory allocations at the county level.

During the development of Pennsylvania’s Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), DEP met with local county stakeholders to discuss the new Phase II WIP and collect input on draft best management practice (BMP) implementation targets developed for each county. These implementation targets were initially developed in the Phase I WIP at a state-watershed level. In order to develop targets at the county scale, the state-watershed BMPs were distributed down to each county based on the available lands use types in each county as established by the Land Use Model within the Chesapeake Bay Modeling Suite.

Based on BMP information extracted from the model and presented at the county meetings, it was evident that there were instances where the current implementation level of certain BMPs within a county exceeded the Phase I planning target. In an effort to more accurately link planning targets and BMP implementation, DEP modified the Phase II County Planning Targets to use the higher BMP implementation level of either the original Phase I target level or the BMP level reported to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model in 2010. The net results of this change are slight increases in BMP implementation at the State-watershed level which will help Pennsylvania meet the total daily maximum load (TMDL) allocations established for Pennsylvania’s four major tributary basins to the Chesapeake Bay. DEP acknowledges that the 2010 county BMP levels still do not account for unreported BMPs that were not cost-shared with government funds, but they are now a more accurate reflection of historical data reported by county to DEP.

Pennsylvania counties are not individually responsible for meeting the draft county planning targets; however the Commonwealth as a whole is responsible for meeting the TMDL allocations for each major basin or risk the imposition of additional control measures to ensure compliance with the Bay TMDL.


April 2, 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) submitted Pennsylvania’s Final Phase 2 Chesapeake Watershed Implementation Plan (final Phase 2 WIP) to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 30, 2012. The final Phase 2 WIP was the subject of a public comment period extending from December 17, 2011 to January 30, 2012. It describes the state’s plan to address EPA’s expectations that the states develop a Phase 2 WIP so that local partners (1) are aware of the WIP strategies; (2) understand their contribution to meeting the TMDL allocations; and (3) have been provided with the opportunity to suggest any refinements to the WIP strategies. The final Phase 2 WIP was developed to meet EPA’s August 1, 2011 revised nutrient and sediment planning targets for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The planning targets are the result of EPA’s development of a revised watershed model. In response to public comment, DEP will develop revised draft county planning targets based on reported year 2010 BMP implementation levels. These will be developed following EPA acceptance of DEP’s watershed model input deck for the year 2025 and posted to this website. The draft county planning targets estimate the nutrient and sediment reductions that will help Pennsylvania meet its Chesapeake watershed planning targets. Should a county want to improve upon the watershed model generated draft county planning targets, DEP will support the county in the use of the Chesapeake Assessment and Scenario Tool (CAST). CAST is a new web-based tool designed by EPA to help states and counties assess the most effective ways to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

DEP also provided to EPA, Pennsylvania’s Programmatic Two-Year Milestones for the year 2012 through 2013. The milestones identify on-going activities to implement Pennsylvania’s Phase 1 and 2 WIPs.

As part of the Phase 2 WIP process, DEP also updated its wastewater permitting strategy and documented the current status in meeting point source objectives of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. A supplement to the Phase 2 WIP was submitted to EPA on April 2, 2012. DEP considers this to be a dynamic document that will be modified based on the collection of new data, updates in permitting activities, and adaptations to the permitting approach. The link below provides the latest update to this document.


December 16, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be accepting comments on Pennsylvania’s Draft Phase 2 Chesapeake Watershed Implementation Plan (draft Phase 2 WIP). Comments will be collected December 17, 2011 – January 30, 2012. The draft Phase 2 WIP was submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 15, 2011 and outlines the state’s plan to address EPA’s expectations that the states develop a Phase 2 WIP so that local partners (1) are aware of the WIP strategies; (2) understand their contribution to meeting the TMDL allocations; and (3) have been provided with the opportunity to suggest any refinements to the WIP strategies. The draft Phase 2 WIP was developed to meet EPA’s August 1, 2011 revised nutrient and sediment allocations for the TMDL. The allocations are the result of EPA’s development of a revised Watershed Model. Notice of availability of the draft Phase 2 WIP for public comment is to be published on December 17, 2011 in the PA Bulletin. Written comments should be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection, Interstate Waters Office, P. O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063, or via e-mail:  ep-chesapeakebayprogram@pa.gov. A return name and address must be included in each e-mail transmission.  Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.


August 8, 2011

Pennsylvania Phase 2 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan Summit On August 3rd the PA Department of Environmental Protection in coordination with the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds held the Pennsylvania Phase 2 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan Summit (Summit) to mark the beginning of the development of Pennsylvania’s Phase 2 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). DEP submitted Pennsylvania’s Phase 1 WIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 29, 2010. The document outlined the state’s plan to address nutrient and sediment loadings that drain to the Chesapeake Bay and addressed EPA’s expectations for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Loading (TMDL), published on Dec. 29, 2010. The WIP is part of Pennsylvania’s initiative to help restore the Chesapeake Bay through a feasible and cost-effective plan. The Phase 2 plan will address the revised nutrient and sediment Phase 2 WIP planning targets that EPA announced on Aug. 1. The revised planning targets are a result of EPA’s updated Watershed Model. EPA has directed the states to develop the Phase 2 WIP by dividing the reductions among local areas, using the revised planning targets for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment. EPA has established a December 15, 2011 deadline for submission of the Draft Phase Chesapeake Bay 2 WIP, and a March 30, 2012 deadline for the final plan. EPA expects the Phase 2 Chesapeake Bay WIP to contain greater detail about the first stage of implementation, which will last from when EPA established the Chesapeake Bay TMDL in December 2010 until 2017. The Penn State Cooperative Extension recorded the Summit through a webinar, which can be accessed at http://extension.psu.edu/aec.

Handouts provided for the Summit included:


April 27, 2011

The following documents were provided as handouts at the Chesapeake Bay Management Team meeting that was held on April 21, 2011. Please contact ep-chesapeakebayprogram@pa.gov with any questions.


April 7, 2011

A new date has been added to the Workgroup Related Information that is posted below. Specifically, the next meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Management Team will be April 21, 2011 and will be held in the Susquehanna Room of the DEP Southcentral Regional Office. This meeting will run from 12:30 pm - 3 pm.


Jan 11, 2011

On Jan. 11, 2011 DEP provided the revised final WIP to EPA. The major revisions made between the Nov. 29, 2010 WIP, the Dec. 23, 2010 WIP and the Jan 11, 2010 were the inclusion of the implementation rates for the best management practices that were included in the final input deck run (Section 14) and minor revisions were also made to Sections 5 and 8 of the document to reflect that final input deck run and Table B2. The final Table B2 was also sent to EPA on Jan. 11, 2011.


Dec. 29, 2010

On Dec. 23, 2010 DEP provided a revised WIP to EPA. The major revision made between the Nov. 29, 2010 WIP and the Dec. 23, 2010 WIP was the inclusion of the implementation rates for the best management practices that were included in the final input deck run (Section 14). Minor revisions were also made to Sections 5 and 8 of the document.


Nov. 29, 2010

On Nov. 29, 2010 the DEP sent to the EPA Pennsylvania’s Phase 1 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The WIP outlines the state’s plan to address nutrient and sediment loadings that drain to the Chesapeake Bay, and was prepared following EPA’s Nov. 4, 2009 guidance that outlined their expectations for WIPs and was revised based on public comments, workgroup input and comments received from EPA. The draft WIP was submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Sept. 1, 2010 and comments were collected Sept. 24, 2010 - Nov. 8, 2010. Pennsylvania’s WIP was prepared to address EPA’s expectations for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), scheduled for publication Dec. 31, 2010.

EPA has also posted each submitted WIP to their TMDL website.


Oct. 21, 2010

As part of the Public Meetings that EPA is holding to discuss the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, the department has also been attending those meetings to provide information and answer questions on the draft WIP. Posted here is a copy of the presentation that the Department is presenting at these meetings. Details on these meetings are posted below (see Sept. 2, 2010 posting) and can also be accessed via EPA’s Chesapeake Bay TMDL website (http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/tmdl/ChesapeakeBay/index.html).

PA WIP Public Meeting Presentation (PDF)


Sept. 2, 2010

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be accepting comments on Pennsylvania’s Draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (draft WIP). Comments will be collected Sept. 24, 2010 - Nov. 8, 2010. The draft WIP was submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Sept. 1, 2010 and outlines the state’s plan to address nutrient and sediment loadings that drain to the Chesapeake Bay, and was prepared following EPA’s Nov. 4, 2009 guidance that outlined their expectations for WIPs. Written comments should be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection, Water Planning Office, P. O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063, or via e-mail ep-chesapeakebayprogram@pa.gov. A return name and address must be included in each e-mail transmission. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.

In addition, EPA’s public comment period on the draft TMDL is also from Sept. 24, 2010 - Nov. 8, 2010. Interested persons may submit comments directly to EPA. The draft TMDL will be available for viewing at EPA Region III 1650 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 with proper arrangements made in advance with the Region 3 library (215-814-5254 or library-reg3@epa.gov) or EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office at 410 Severn Ave. Suite 112, Annapolis, MD 21403 (Contact Debbie Embleton 410-267-9856 or Embleton.debbie@epa.gov).

If you wish to submit formal public comments to the docket that will become part of the record, please submit them to Docket ID No. EPA-R03-OW-2010-0736, by one of the following methods:

  • Http://www.regulations.gov: After entering the docket for this action, click on the Draft Bay TMDL to make a comment. Click the "Submit a Comment" button at the top right of the Web page, then follow the online instructions.
  • Mail: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.
  • Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room, EPA Headquarters West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. weekdays between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information by contacting the docket center at 202-566-1744

EPA will also be holding a series of public meetings this fall to discuss the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The department will be at the meetings to provide information and answer questions on the draft WIP. Details on these meetings are posted below and can also be accessed via EPA’s Chesapeake Bay TMDL website.

EPA Public Meetings scheduled for Pennsylvania:

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Best Western Eden Resort, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Oct. 19, 2010, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 850 Stratford Drive, State College, PA 16801
  • Oct. 20, 2010, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Lycoming College, Wendle Hall, 700 College Place, Williamsport, PA 17701. A webinar of this meeting is also scheduled.
  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Bentley’s of Northern Pennsylvania, 2300 RT. 309, Ashley, PA 18706

On Sept. 1, 2010 DEP submitted to EPA “Pennsylvania's draft Phase I Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)”. Along with the draft WIP, the B2 tables were also sent. All of these documents are posted below. It is important to note that the public comment period for the draft WIP will run from Sept. 24 – Nov. 8. Additional details on the comment period will be posted soon.


Chesapeake Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)

Workgroup Related Information

  • Chesapeake WIP Management Team
    • Next Meeting Date: April 21, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Susquehanna Room, DEP Southcentral Regional Office
  • Agriculture Workgroup
    • Next Meeting Date: TBD
  • Point Source Workgroup
    • Next Meeting Date: TBD
  • Urban/Suburban/Rural Workgroup
    • Next Meeting Date: TDB

Background Materials

A number of letters and guidance documents have been produced by EPA pertaining to the information that is required in the WIP. These doucments have been posted here along with a link to EPA's TMDL webpage.


March 31, 2010

A meeting was held on Wednesday March 31, 2010 in which the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) began initial discussions concerning the development of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay. As part of this process, EPA is requiring Chesapeake Bay states to develop WIPs. Meeting documents from this meeting include the following:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ann Roda at annsmith@pa.gov or 717-772-4785.


Feb. 1, 2010

Compliance Plan for Industrial Waste Dischargers (PDF)


April 24, 2007

DEP has prepared new guidelines for sewage facilities planning as well as permitting for wastewater treatment facilities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Documents relating to Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy, Point Source Implementation Plan, include the following:


On Workgroup Proceedings Page (The materials referenced on this page relate to work that took place as part of the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Steering Committee in 2006)

Dec. 29, 2006

Following a year of extensive stakeholder meetings and public input, the Department of Environmental Protection will publish the final version of its Trading of Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Credits - Policy and Guidelines along with Appendix A which provides nutrient trading criteria specific to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and three attachments to Appendix A that include the Point Source Allocation Strategy, Overview of Wastewater Planning Program Procedures, and the Overview of the Agriculture Sector’s Participation in Nutrient Trading. These documents will be noticed as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Dec. 30, 2006.

A comment response document for comments submitted October - December 2005 and those submitted November - December 2006 will be addressed by the department in a separate Comment and Response document that will be posted below and on the department’s Nutrient Trading website shortly.

Documents being posted as final include the following:

Please note, that the availability of these documents will be posted to eLIBRARY and will be in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Dec. 30, 2006. To find the documents posted on the eLIBRARY please use the following link: eLibrary

Questions regarding these documents should be directed to Ann Smith at 717-772-4785 or at the e-mail address provided previously.


Nov. 22, 2006

Please note, that the availability for public comment regarding the draft “Trading of Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Credits- Policy and Guidelines” will be posted in the em>Pennsylvania Bulletin on Nov. 25, 2006. The documents posted to eLIBRARY are the same documents that were posted to this website on Nov. 15, 2006. Again, the comment period for these documents ends Dec. 15, 2006. To find the documents posted on the eLIBRARY please use the following link: eLibrary


Nov. 15, 2006

The department is accepting comments on the draft “Trading of Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Credits- Policy and Guidelines” that provides revisions to the Interim Final Policy and Appendix, previously published in October 2005 and on the implementation approaches contained in the attachments.

DEP notes that it is disinclined to adopt subsection b of the Point Source Attachment 1. This provision would allow a point source which has reduced nutrient levels to 8 mg/l TN and 1 mg/l TP to make an annual cash payment to the department in lieu of directly purchasing nutrient reduction credits for the remaining reductions needed to meet the lower 6 mg/l TN and 0.8 mg/l TP limits recommended by the PSWG. The department questions the need for or desirability of the department acting as a middle-man for the purchase of credits, now that the web-based nutrient trading marketplace is functional. The approach runs counter to the strong recommendations from the Steering Committee and other experts, in favor of allowing the free market to achieve the most cost effective reductions.

DEP has the responsibility to ensure compliance with federal and state water quality standards and may implement measures different from, or beyond those set forth in this policy, as may be necessary or appropriate.

Please note that the Interim Final Trading of Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Credits - Policy and Guidelines (Interim Final Policy) has been previously open for public comment. As all previous comments remain under the department for consideration, please limit submissions to new comments not previously submitted. Additional comments on the policy will be accepted from Nov. 15 with the final opportunity for comment on Dec. 15. This notice of availability for public comment will also be posted in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Nov. 25.

Documents being posted for public comment include the following:

Interested persons may submit written comments on this Draft Trading of Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Credits- Policy and Guidelines document by Dec. 15. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. The department will accept comments submitted by e-mail. A return name and address must be included in each e-mail transmission. Written comments should be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection, Water Planning Office, P. O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063 or by e-mail to Ann Smith at annsmith@pa.gov.

Questions regarding this guidance document should be directed to Ann Smith at 717-772-4785 or at the e-mail address provided previously.


Oct. 11, 2006

Over the last nine months, the Department of Environmental Protection has convened a series of meetings with the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Steering Committee. In response to concerns over the details of the implementation of the Tributary Strategies, the Steering Committee formed five workgroups of key stakeholders. Those workgroups focused on Agriculture, Point Sources, Nutrient Trading, Development and Land Use Planning. These workgroups were assigned tasks by the steering committee that will provide guidance for the implementation of the Tributary Strategy.

These working groups have now come to conclusions on many of the assigned tasks. I would like to invite everyone back together for an update on the progress of the implementation. The meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Steering Committee is scheduled for Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 105 of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St. in Harrisburg. This meeting will serve as one of the final opportunities to gain a better understanding and provide comments on the direction DEP intends to take incorporating the recommendations into the on the ground implementation of the program prior to moving forward rather quickly.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. John Hines of Deputy Secretary Cathleen Curran Myers’ staff by email at johines@pa.gov or by phone at 717-783-4693.


Aug. 7, 2006

Please note that additional workgroup status reports and work products have been updated to include any documents produced as of July 31, 2006.


July 12, 2006

The Point Source workgroup was task to evaluate potential alternative approaches to implementation of the Pennsylvania’s Tributary Strategy, with the provision of remaining under the overall nutrient reduction “cap load.”  The workgroup focused on individual discharger cap loads, anticipated cost, availability of treatment technology and implementation timeframe.

In late June, the results of those discussions were presented to the Steering Committee with a recommendation that they be distributed to the affected “significant” dischargers for review and comment. Secretary McGinty and the Steering Committee agreed to that approach.

Attached are the results of the Point Source Workgroups efforts. (Documents are in PDF format and open in new window)

  • PSWG WLA Proposal (PDF) - A proposal that explains the rationale for having plants treat to 6 mg/l N and .8 mg/l P at design flow, rather than 8 mg/l N and 1 mg/l P at their 2010 flow.
  • Appendix A, (PDF) Phased Permitting Approach.
  • Appendix B, (PDF) Estimated cost projections.

Comments should be submitted by Aug. 26, 2006 to: Dana Aunkst at Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, P.O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774.


July 12, 2006

Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Steering Committee Meeting

To pull together the work of the Steering Committee and the workgroups, one additional meeting has been scheduled. The upcoming meeting is scheduled for:

July 21, 2006
10 a.m. to 1p.m.
Room 105
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market St.
Harrisburg, PA

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. John Hines of Deputy Secretary Cathy Curran Myers’ staff at 717-783-4693.


June 13, 2006

Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Steering Committee Meeting

As you may be aware, the Point Source Workgroup has pulled together an alternative allocation strategy. There has been much discussion regarding this strategy and I would like to pull everyone together to formally discuss it.

A combined Point Source/Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Steering Committee Meeting is scheduled for June 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Room 105, of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Andrew Zemba or Ms. Ann Smith of Deputy Secretary Cathleen Curran Myers' staff at 717-772-4785.

Ann Smith
DEP- Water Planning Office


May 18, 2006

Due to scheduling conflicts, the scheduled time for the May 26 Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Steering Committee meeting is being changed. The meeting will still take place on May 26 in Room 105 of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, but will now be held noon - 3 p.m.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. John Hines of Deputy Secretary Cathy Curran Myers’ staff at 717-783-4693.


April 21, 2006

Deputy Secretary Cathy Curran Myers will be holding two additional meetings to discuss and obtain feedback on implementation issues related to the tributary strategy, as well as our permitting procedures. The goal is to share ideas to improve predictability and assure that compliance obligations do not upset your development plans and schedules. Additionally, we hope to obtain your feedback on our efforts.

The upcoming meetings are scheduled for:

  • May 1, 2006, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Susquehanna Room A, North East Regional Office Building, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • May 18, 2006, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Four Points by Sheraton York, 1650 Toronita Street, York, PA.

To confirm your attendance or if you have any questions please contact Ann Smith of the Water Planning Office at 717-772-4785.


April 21, 2006

Nutrient Reduction Technology Conference Held

The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation (DEP) partnered with the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA) to hold a two-day conference on Nutrient Reduction Strategies for Wastewater Treatment on April 5 and 6. The conference was held at the Days Inn Conference Center in Danville. There was standing room only with more than 200 people attendees.

 

Dana Aunkst, Chief of the Division of Planning and Permits, provided an overview of current policies on the implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy (PPT); Foster Diodato, Chief of the Technical Services Section, provided a brief overview of a proposed subclass for nutrient reduction for wastewater treatment system operator certification; Tom Brown, Water Quality Operations Group Leader provided a half day class on the principles of nitrification and denitrification; Lenny Gold, the Maryland Center of Environmental Training, presented another half day class on system retrofits and upgrades for nutrient reduction. Brian Book, HRG Consulting, provided examples of wastewater treatment systems in PA who have successfully implemented nutrient reduction technologies. The conference ended with a tour of the Sunbury Wastewater Treatment System. In addition, 15 vendors specializing in nutrient reduction technologies came with exhibits and displays and provided brief ten minute presentations on their services and equipment. Operators who attended the conference received six hours of continuing education credit.

An abbreviated version of the session is planned as part of the PWEA 78th PENNTEC conference in July 16-19, Penn Stater, State College. In addition, DEP is also exploring the possibility of holding the workshop again in the fall somewhere in the southcentral area of the state. In addition a CD is now available with three videos on nitrification and denitrification, activated sludge treatment and chemical feed systems. Training workbooks related to activated sludge and nutrient removal are also included on the CD. To request a copy of this CD, please contact Ned Sterling, the Division of Technical and Financial Assistance, at 717-787-0122. For further information on this initiative, you can also contact Tom Brown at 814-472-1878.


April 5, 2006

Over the past few months, the Department of Environmental Protection has convened a series of meetings to continue our efforts in coordinating initiatives to meet nutrient and sediment obligations as part of Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy.

Deputy Secretary Cathy Curran Myers will be holding a series of meetings with developers and consultants to discuss and obtain feedback on implementation issues related to the Tributary Strategy, as well as the departments permitting procedures. The goal is to share ideas to improve predictability and assure that the compliance obligations does not upset development plans and schedules.

The upcoming meetings are scheduled for:

  • April 11, 2006, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Goddard Room, North Central Regional Office Building, 208 West Third St., Suite 101, Williamsport.
  • April 12, 2006, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Conference Room, DEP Lab Building, 2575 Interstate Drive, Harrisburg. It is hoped that your schedule will permit you to participate.

To confirm your attendance or if you have any questions please contact Ann Smith of the Water Planning Office at 717-772-4785.


March 30, 2006

Questions and Answers: Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy (PDF)

This DEP Fact Sheet provides answers to many of the questions about the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy that stakeholders have posed over recent months.


March 24, 2006

During the months of January, February and March the Department of Environmental Protection convened a series of meetings with the Tributary Strategy Steering Committee. These meetings were held to continue the Department’s efforts to coordinate and discuss with multiple stakeholders the Department’s initiatives to meet Pennsylvania’s nutrient and sediment obligations set forth in the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy.

To continue the work of the steering committee and the workgroups, two additional meetings have been scheduled. As a department we would like to continue the efforts of our partners and workgroups so we will hold two additional meetings. The upcoming meetings are scheduled for:

  • April 13, 2006, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg.
  • May 26, 2006, 10a.m. to 1 p.m., Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg.

Feb. 13, 2006

Please note that the Chesapeake Bay Steering Committee Meeting scheduled for Friday Feb. 17, 2006 is being postponed. This postponement will provide the various sub-committees additional time to work through their various issues. The next meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Steering Committee will be March 3, 2006 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building.


Feb. 10, 2006

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty has begun to hold Tributary Strategy Steering Committee Meetings to continue the department’s efforts to work with various groups to discuss the initiatives needed to meet Pennsylvania’s nutrient and sediment reduction obligations. The meetings are to build on actions being taken to address Pennsylvania’s water quality challenges, and to spur innovative and new approaches that could be implemented as next steps in ensuring that the commonwealth efficiently and economically addresses its obligations to help protect and restore Pennsylvania's streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

The meetings are scheduled for:


Jan. 26, 2006

Powerpoint Presentation: "How the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Partners Reached Agreement on Nutrient and Sediment Load Reductions and Caps" (PPT), Richard Batiuk, U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office


Dec. 09, 2005

The table below is a listing of the target or initially estimated cap loads. These estimates are preliminary and do not constitute final or draft effluent limitations. The estimates reflect the best information DEP has been able to gather to date and should be used for planning purposes only. Each individual permit will be reviewed during the permit renewal process to verify or modify the actual cap load for the permit. The derivation of the specific cap loads will be documented in the Water Quality Protection Reports developed for each individual permit, and will be based on the information available at the time of the permit application. Applicants and interested persons will have an opportunity to provide comments on the limits when they are established in the permit application process.

The estimated cap loads are annual maximum mass loading values. They were calculated using the 2010 projected flow as shown and an annual average treatment level of 8 mg/l for Total Nitrogen (TN) and 1 mg/l for Total Phosphorus (TP). The 2010 projected flow values were calculated using the facility-specific wasteload management (Chapter 94) reports for 2000 - 2004 and the projections contained therein.



Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy (PDF) was unveiled today at the annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council. The Strategy consists of a wide-ranging water quality initiative designed to clean up the state's rivers and streams, enhance the health of families and preserve the rural character and farming economy of Pennsylvania. The initiative is the state's official plan to meet the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement goals for nutrient and sediment reduction in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a public meeting for the purpose of presenting information on the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy at the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Steering Committee meeting on Jan. 27, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. in room 105 of the Rachel Carson State Office Building. DEP Regional offices will conduct public meetings on the Tributary Strategy by early spring.


Pennsylvania Unveils Draft Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy (Word):

This press release announces the unveiling of Pennsylvania's Draft Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Executive Summary (Word). Deputy Secretary Cathy Curran Myers unveiled the Draft Strategy at the Aug. 12, 2004 meeting of the Citizen's Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Executive Council. The draft strategy outlines the plan to reduce nutrient and sediment loadings in the Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds. It focuses on the best management practices and the point source reductions that will be necessary to meet Pennsylvania's goals established by the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement. DEP Regional Offices will conduct public outreach through the summer and fall to receive comment on the strategy and recommendations for new program initiatives to put it into action. A final strategy will be published in December.

Additional background information is provided in the following DEP Fact Sheets:

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