Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) include detailed, specific steps each of the seven Bay watershed jurisdictions will take to meet the pollution reduction goals of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) by 2025. These plans consider such things as ecological restoration and sustainability while allowing for greater transparency and accountability for improved performance.
What are WIPs?
The Chesapeake Bay TMDL requires reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment. This federal effort is intended to obtain water quality standards for each of the Bay’s tidal segments, tributaries and embayments listed as impaired under 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. Each watershed jurisdiction has created a Watershed Implementation Plan, often called a WIP, that documents how the jurisdiction will partner with federal and local governments to achieve and maintain water quality standards.
There are three phases of WIPs:
- Phase I and Phase II WIPs were developed and submitted to EPA in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Both Phase I and Phase II WIPs describe actions and controls to be implemented by 2017 and 2025 to achieve applicable water quality standards.
- Phase III WIPs will be developed by jurisdictions based on a midpoint assessment of progress and scientific analyses that is currently underway through 2017. Phase III WIPs will provide information on actions the Bay jurisdictions intend to implement between 2018 and 2025 to meet the Bay restoration goals.
For more information about the TMDL process, including news and events, please visit the EPA's Chesapeake Bay TMDL website.
Final State Watershed Implementation Plans
- Delaware - Phase I | Phase II
- District of Columbia - Phase I | Phase II
- Maryland - Phase I | Phase II
- New York - Phase I | Phase II
- Pennsylvania - Phase I | Phase II
- Virginia - Phase I | Phase II
- West Virginia - Phase I | Phase II
To better understand the expectations and consequences laid out by EPA, please review the following documents:
- Letter to Chesapeake Bay Program Principals’ Staff Committee with Preliminary Target Loads (Nov. 3, 2009)
- Letter to Chesapeake Bay Program Principals’ Staff Committee Outlining EPA's Expectations for Watershed Implementation Plans (Nov. 4, 2009)
- Letter to the States in the Watershed and District of Columbia (Dec. 29, 2009)
- Letter to Principals' Staff Committee Outlining Schedule for TMDL Implementation (June 11, 2010)
To get involved in the process of developing or instating WIPs, or get answers to state-specific questions, please contact your state lead:
- Maryland - Jim George, MDE - (410) 537-3579
- Virginia - James Davis-Martin, DEQ - (804) 698-4298
- Pennsylvania - Ted Tesler, DEP - (410) 537-3579
- District of Columbia - Katherine Antos, DOE - (202) 574-7606
- New York - Jacqueline Lendrum, DEC - (518) 402-8086
- West Virginia - Teresa Koon, DEP - (304) 926-0499 ext. 1020
- West Virginia - David Montali, DEP - (304) 926-0499 ext. 1063
- Delaware - Jennifer Walls, DNREC - (302) 739-9062
- Delaware - John Schneider, DNREC - (302) 739-9949