EPA Evaluates Draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans
EPA has released its evaluations of draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay. As part of the implementation of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, jurisdictions committed to develop WIPs that document how jurisdictions will achieve and maintain water quality standards. The third and final phase of implementation called for the development of Phase III WIPs which provide information on actions the jurisdictions intend to implement between 2019 and 2025 to meet the goals of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The seven jurisdictions released their draft Phase III WIPs on or before April 12, 2019. EPA is releasing an evaluation of these draft WIPs. The jurisdictions will provide final Phase III WIPs in August 2019.