Friday, December 16, 2016

DEP To Start Stakeholder Process Soon For Chesapeake Bay Phase III Watershed Plans

The Department of Environmental Protection recently posted its schedule for developing the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans over the next two years.
As a follow up to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mid-Point Assessment of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL now underway and the 2010 Chesapeake Bay Agreement, states must develop Phase III of the WIP Plans to meet the Assessment results.
EPA is expected to release its draft expectations state must meet in the Phase III WIPs in January, followed by the final calibration of its watershed model through the first quarter of 2017 and make recommendations on local area target watershed recommendations by March.
DEP announced it will be starting the stakeholder process soon to help it develop the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans.
Click Here for more background on how DEP plans to target available resources to the watersheds with the most impaired water quality.
For more information, visit DEP’s Phase III WIPs and Chesapeake Bay Office webpages.
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