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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.

  • Jennifer Volk (Chair), University of Delaware
  • James Davis-Martin (Vice-Chair), Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Lucinda Power (Coordinator), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Emma Giese (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium
  • David Wood (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium
  • Lindsey Gordon (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium

  • Katherine Antos, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Karl Berger, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Collin Burrell, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
  • Sally Claggett, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Frank Coale, University of Maryland
  • Lee Currey, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Dinorah Dalmasy, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Sarah Diebel, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
  • David Foster, Phoenix Initiatives
  • Normand Goulet, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
  • Rebecca Hanmer, Retired
  • Bill Keeling, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Marel King, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Teresa Koon, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
  • David Koran, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • Jackie Lendrum, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Ross Mandel, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB)
  • Beth McGee, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Kevin McGonigal, Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)
  • Dianne McNally, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3
  • Bruce Michael, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Matt Monroe, West Virginia Department of Agriculture
  • Dave Montali, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
  • Russell Morgan, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • George Onyullo, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
  • Scott Phillips, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Chris Pomeroy, AquaLaw PLC
  • Sheryle Quinn, U.S. Department of the Navy
  • John Rhoderick, Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • Aaron Ristow, Upper Susquehanna Coalition
  • Kristen Saacke Blunk, Headwaters LLC
  • John Schneider, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Mary Searing, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
  • Ben Sears, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Mohsin Siddique, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
  • Jennifer Sincock, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3
  • Tanya Spano, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Ann Swanson, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Suzanne Trevena, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3
  • Jennifer Tribo, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Jen Walls, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Kristen Wolf, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Andy Zemba, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Upcoming Events

    Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Conference Call, September 2015

    Location

    Conference Call

    Date / Time:

    September 14, 2015
    1:30pm - 3:30pm

    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: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/waterqualitygit/

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Open Session: Impervious Cover Disconnection Expert Panel

Location

Joe Macknis Memorial Conference Room

Date / Time:

September 15, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Details:

Public session for the Impervious Cover Disconnection expert panel.

All participants are encouraged to RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/p1uSZA7L8E

Interested stakeholders are welcome to present relevant data or experiences to the panelists. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&A and discussion. Due to limited space on the agenda, presentations will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If interested in presenting, RSVP using the link above and identify yourself as a presenter no later than September 9. Presentations must be provided to Jeremy Hanson (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by COB September 9. Please note all presentations will be posted to this online calendar entry.

Webinar & Audio Info
Log-in instructions: Shortly before the meeting begins, you can join the webinar here: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/bmpassessment/

Enter as a guest, using your name and affiliation when prompted (e.g., Jane Doe, Chesapeake Bay Program). Use your affiliation for groups of multiple people watching in the same room (e.g., Chesapeake Bay Program).

Audio will be through your computer, so please ensure you have speakers or headphones to listen. Check your computer audio settings to see if your audio is muted.

All webinar participants will be muted and must use the Chat box to ask questions.

If you have not used Adobe Connect for Chesapeake Bay Program meetings in the past, it is recommended that you test your connection and software prior to the webinar: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Meeting objectives:
--Provide context on this BMP review for impervious cover disconnection to stakeholders and expert panel members.
--Provide input to the panel in the form of presentations or discussion that will help inform their evaluation of water quality benefits – specifically nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reductions – associated with the disconnection of impervious surfaces in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The input requested may address, but is not limited to: data, policy and regulations, experiences with implementation, or tracking and reporting the practices for application toward nutrient and sediment reduction targets.

Experiencing Adobe Connect issues?
It is recommended that you test your connection and software prior to the webinar: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
If you are unable to hear audio after the webinar begins, please double-check your computer audio settings, speakers or headphones to ensure your audio is not muted.

Parking for in-person attendees
There is ample free street parking available in the surrounding area, but allow for extra time to park and walk one or more blocks (extra 10 minutes). Obey posted signs, fire lanes or other restrictions. Paid parking is available on-site at the City Marina for $3/hr or $20/day maximum.

Entering the conference room
The conference room (Suite 117) is located in the green building at the City Marina (410 Severn Avenue). The doors automatically lock and cannot be propped open or unlocked. If nobody is there to let you in you can ask for assistance at the front desk in Suite 112, which is not locked.
Other questions? Contact Jeremy Hanson: 410-267-5753, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Conference Call, September 28 2015

Location

Date / Time:

September 28, 2015
1:30pm - 4:00pm

Details:

This is the second WQGIT conference call for September, 2015. For more information, please contact David Wood (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).


Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Conference Call, October 2015

Location

Conference Call

Date / Time:

October 13, 2015
1:30pm - 3:30pm

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: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/waterqualitygit/


Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Conference Call, November 2015

Location

Conference Call

Date / Time:

November 9, 2015
1:30pm - 3:30pm

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: https://epa.connectsolutions.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.

    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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