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Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)

Scope and Purpose

The charge of the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (WQGIT) is to evaluate, focus, and accelerate the implementation of practices, policies, programs that will restore water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries to conditions that support living resources and protect human health. The Team reports to the Management Board and Principals’ Staff Committee. Functions include:

  • Provide a forum for discussion, exchange of information, and evaluation among federal, state, and local agencies, river basin commissions, industry groups, universities, and other interested parties on water quality goals, data, modeling, authorities, and restoration efforts.
  • Evaluate and promote strategies to reduce nutrient, sediment, and chemical contaminant loads from municipal, industrial and onsite wastewater; agricultural lands and animal operations; urban and suburban stormwater; forested lands; tidal and in-stream sediment; and air emissions.
  • Promote consistent, uniform and transparent processes to model, track, report, and verify water quality restoration efforts.
  • Identify, define, quantify, and incorporate pollutant reduction and conservation practices into the Chesapeake Bay Program decision support system.
  • Provide technical expertise and leadership to support the development, implementation, and tracking of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, Watershed Implementation Plans, and two-year milestones that support long-term Bay restoration goals.

Upcoming Events

    Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Meeting, May 9, 2016

    Location

    Conference Call

    Date / Time:

    May 9, 2016
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Details:

    This is the monthly conference call for the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3). Agenda and materials will be posted when they are available. Please contact David Wood (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for more information.

    Conference Line: 866-299-3188
    Code: 410-267-5731
    Adobe Connect: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/waterqualitygit/


Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Meeting, May 23, 2016

Location

Conference Call

Date / Time:

May 23, 2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Details:

This is the monthly conference call for the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3). Agenda and materials will be posted when they are available. Please contact David Wood (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for more information.

Conference Line: 866-299-3188
Code: 410-267-5731
Adobe Connect: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/waterqualitygit/


Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Meeting, June 13, 2016

Location

Conference Call

Date / Time:

June 13, 2016
2:33 pm - 2:33 pm

Details:

This is the monthly conference call for the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3). Agenda and materials will be posted when they are available. Please contact David Wood (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for more information.

Conference Line: 866-299-3188
Code: 410-267-5731
Adobe Connect: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/waterqualitygit/


Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Meeting, June 27, 2016

Location

Conference Call

Date / Time:

June 27, 2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Details:

This is the monthly conference call for the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3). Agenda and materials will be posted when they are available. Please contact David Wood (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for more information.

Conference Line: 866-299-3188
Code: 410-267-5731
Adobe Connect: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/waterqualitygit/


Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Meeting, July 11, 2016

Location

Conference Call

Date / Time:

July 11, 2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Details:

This is the monthly conference call for the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3). Agenda and materials will be posted when they are available. Please contact David Wood (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for more information.

Conference Line: 866-299-3188
Code: 410-267-5731
Adobe Connect: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/waterqualitygit/


Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Meeting, July 25, 2016

Location

Conference Call

Date / Time:

July 25, 2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Details:

This is the monthly conference call for the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3). Agenda and materials will be posted when they are available. Please contact David Wood (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for more information.

Conference Line: 866-299-3188
Code: 410-267-5731
Adobe Connect: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/waterqualitygit/


Past Meetings & Events

  • October 22, 2012 to October 23, 2012 - Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Meeting (Oct 2012)
  • September 29, 2009 to September 30, 2009 - Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Meeting 093009


  • Chesapeake Bay TMDL 2017 Midpoint Assessment

    The December 2010 Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (Bay TMDL) calls for an assessment in 2017 to review our progress toward meeting the nutrient and sediment pollutant load reductions identified in the 2010 Bay TMDL, Phase I and Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) and two-year milestones.

    For a comprehensive overview of the Midpoint Assessment, schedule, and supporting documents, please visit our Chesapeake Bay TMDL Midpoint Assessment web page: https://www.chesapeakebay.net/about/programs/tmdl/mpa.

    For an overview of the priorities and project leads related to the Scenario Builder and Watershed Model plan for the Midpoint Assessment, please visit our page dedicated to that effort: https://www.chesapeakebay.net/groups/group/water_quality_goal_implementation_team/wmp_for_the_mpa.

    Phase 6 Scenario Builder Review

    Scenario Builder is a data management tool that provides estimates of land use acres, nutrient inputs, cropland attributes, and best management practice (BMP) implementation data to the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership's Phase 6 Watershed Model. The documentation and initial application rates to crops that are provided in the link below will help inform a full partnership review of the tool's documentation, during which the Agricultural Modeling Subcommittee (AMS) hopes to receive comments that could result in improvements to the tool in the spring and summer of 2016.


    Please use the link below to access a draft version of application rates to land uses and crops for the April, 2016 calibration run.
    ftp://ftp.chesapeakebay.net/Modeling/Phase6/Ph6CalibrationFiles_20151109/20151109/


    Improvements for the April calibration include:
    • Inorganic fertilizer was distributed to crops only after all BMPs were simulated that would impact the amount of manure available to crops and the amount of agricultural acres with remaining nutrient application needs.
    • Manure mineralization rates, which impact the amount of manure nutrients available to crops, were updated to reflect typical nutrient management mineralization rates by decade.
    • Manure recoverability, or the amount of manure generated in a barnyard that can be made available to crops, before and after the implementation of Animal Waste Management Systems was updated to reflect estimates provided in  http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs143_012131.pdf.
    • Acres of barnyards or feeding facilities were updated to reflect the Bay Program’s best estimates per animal type.
    • Nutrient application goals for the minor crops, emmer, spelt and triticale, were based upon state-recommended applications on a per acre basis as very little yield data was available to vary the application goals by annual yield.

     


    Please use the link below to access a draft version of Scenario Builder documentation and initial application rates to land uses crops for the January, 2016 initial calibration run.
    ftp://ftp.chesapeakebay.net/Modeling/Phase6/


    Download the zip file titled: "Ph6CalibrationFiles_20151109.zip"
    To access the Scenario Builder draft documentation, download the file: 'SBV6Documentation_01212016.pdf'

    Governance Protocols

    The WQGIT Governance Protocols articulate the decision-making procedures and cross-sector communication processes observed by the WQGIT and its Workgroups. The WQGIT Governance Protocols are consistent with the governance decisions made by the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership's Principals' Staff Committee

    Water Quality Management Strategy

    The Water Quality Management Strategy provides broad, overarching direction for how to monitor, assess and report progress towards reaching the 2017 Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) Outcome, the 2025 WIP Outcome, and the Water Quality Standards Attainment & Monitoring Outcome from the 2014 Watershed Agreement. The strategy will be further supported by two-year work plans summarizing the specific commitments, short-term actions and resources required for success.

    BMP Expert Panels

    The seven Chesapeake Bay watershed jurisdictions implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to achieve the goals set forth in the 2010 Bay TMDL. Through the Protocol for Development, Review, and Approval of Loading and Effectiveness Estimates for Nutrient and Sediment Controls (BMP Protocol), newer practices and technologies are considered and evaluated for inclusion in the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership modeling tools.

    Phase III WIP Stakeholder Assessment

    In preparation for the development of Phase III WIPs in 2017-2018, the WQGIT has undertaken a stakeholder assessment to identify lessons learned from the Phase I and Phase II WIP processes that should be applied to the Phase III WIPs. The stakeholder assessment should recommend improvements to the WIP development, evaluation, implementation and oversight processes so that the Phase III WIPs create effective blueprints for implementation through 2025.



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