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 Bay TMDL, Phase I and Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) and two-year milestones. The driving purpose of the Bay TMDL's 2017 midpoint assessment is to streamline implementation and to make challenges to implementation more understandable for the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership as we move towards 2017 and 2025.
Recognizing that change is inevitable over a 15-year period in a dynamic environment like the Bay, the 2017 midpoint assessment has three primary objectives:
- gather input from the partnership on issues and priorities to be addressed in order to help meet the goal of all practices in place by 2025 to meet water quality standards,
- based on these priorities, review the latest science, data, tools and BMPs, incorporate as appropriate into the decision-support tools that guide implementation, and consider lessons learned, and
- help jurisdictions prepare Phase III WIPs, which will guide milestones and implementation from 2018 to 2025.
For comprehensive information on the midpoint assessment, including priorities, schedule, and other supporting documentation, please visit the pages for the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team and the Modeling Workgroup.