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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

  • Katherine Antos, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Karl Berger, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Collin Burrell, District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • 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 Citizens Advisory Committee
  • 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 the Environment (DDOE)
  • Scott Phillips, USGS Chesapeake Bay
  • 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 the Environment (DDOE)
  • 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 (Dec2014)

    Location

    Conference Call

    Date / Time:

    December 8, 2014
    1:30pm - 3:30pm

    Details:

    Monthly conference call of the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team


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


  • Midpoint Assessment

    New web page summarizes the priorities and identifies lead researchers for each effort.  The descriptions are brief with links to more detailed workplans. 

    WQGIT and Workgroup Voting Members

    BMP Review Protocol

    The Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (WQGIT) is responsible for approving the loading rates, and percentage adjustments to these rates, used in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model (CBWM).  Through the Protocol for Development, Review and Approval of Loading and Effectiveness Estimates for Nutrient and Sediment Controls (BMP Review Protocol), newer practices and technologies are considered and evaluated for inclusion in the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership modeling tools. Existing practices are re-evaluated to ensure they reflect the best available scientific data and information.

    A table depicting the BMPs identified for review, and the status of those reviews, is available here.



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