On December 29, 2010 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), a historic and comprehensive "pollution diet" to restore clean water in the Chesapeake Bay and the region's streams and rivers. The TMDL - the largest ever developed by EPA - identifies the necessary pollution reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment across Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia to meet applicable water quality standards in the Bay. West Virginia helped to shape its own responsibilities under the TMDL by submitting to EPA a final Phase I Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) on November 29, 2010.
West Virginia’s WIP Development Team has now released the Draft Phase II WIP. It continues the process of defining how West Virginia, in partnership with federal and local governments, will achieve the pollution load reductions required of the state of West Virginia to support the TMDL. Specifically, this document adds local detail, as well as increased specificity and accountability over the Phase I WIP. In order to make this document readily accessible to both agency and public review, the WV WIP Development Team elected to build the Phase II WIP by modifying the Phase I WIP document rather than producing a document that referred constantly to the Phase I document. Significant wording and content changes are highlighted with green font, except in the Agriculture section (Section 8), which was entirely rewritten.
The Final Phase II WIP is scheduled for submission to EPA on March 30, 2012.
In preparation for developing the Phase II WIP, WV sought significant input on local feasibility of Phase I WIP strategies from local governments, watershed groups, farmers, and other "stakeholders." During this period, the Phase I WIP was also being implemented across all sectors. For example, positions were filled that broadly expanded West Virginia’s capacity to engage the public and implement programs. In addition, wastewater treatment plant designs were sought, agricultural BMPs were put in place, and the WV state legislature passed a funding bill for infrastructure support.
Future CBWM refinement and reassessment are again planned in 2017. At that time, the jurisdictions will develop Phase III WIPs to ensure attainment of cap loads by 2025.
Please continue to check this website for updates on the WIP. You may also view EPA’s website www.epa.gov/chesapeakebaytmdl
to read other jurisdictions’ WIPs and updates about the TMDL