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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 Conference Call, December 2015


    Date / Time:

    December 14, 2015 to December 15, 2015
    10:00am - 3:00pm


    This is a face to face meeting for the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3). It will be held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. 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 Meeting, January 2016


Conference Call

Date / Time:

January 11, 2016
1:30pm - 4:00pm


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.

    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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