Upcoming Meetings

Scope and Purpose

The Principals' Staff Committee (PSC) created a Conowingo Watershed Implementation Plan (CWIP) Steering Committee with the following roles and responsibilities:

  1. Consists of a representative from each Bay watershed jurisdiction and the Chesapeake Bay Commission. Members may also solicit comments on the Conowingo WIP framework from key stakeholders. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not participate due to its oversight role as part of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) accountability framework;
  2. Develops the Conowingo WIP with EPA staff and contractor support;
  3. Guides the development of a financing strategy with contractor support; and,
  4. Oversees implementation of the Conowingo WIP with contractor support.

Projects and Resources

What's New?

In January 2024, the CWIP Steering Committee submitted their 2023/2024 milestones for CWIP implementation to EPA highlighting 2023 activities. See document below, under the "Tracking CWIP Progress" heading.

In addition, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) recently created an interactive story map showing the state of the Octoraro Creek Watershed, a small watershed in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. As established in the CWIP and our Implementation Framework, Octararo Creek is one of the Conowingo’s priority areas for smaller-scale watershed targeting. The story map uses video, images, maps, charts and more to tell the watershed’s tale through water quality monitoring data the Commission has collected over decades. View the story map to learn more about the implementation and monitoring efforts in the Octararo.

On October 23rd, 2023, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) held a webinar on the upcoming RFP for verified nutrient reductions and the pay for success program.

On September 6th, 2023, PA DEP held a webinar focused on the Conowingo Watershed Implementation Plan (CWIP). The presentation provided a brief overview of the CWIP, an update on the progress made toward the implementation milestones since the approval of the CWIP by the Principals Staff Committee in September 2021, and an overview of state-wide pay-for-performance financing efforts from MD and PA and other innovative initiatives. The recording and presentation slides are linked below:

The PENNVEST Clean Water Procurement Program, funded by the 2022-2023 Clean Streams Fund, is now closed as of September 1, 2023. The program will improve water quality in the Commonwealth through the purchase of verified nutrient (nitrogen/phosphorus) or sediment reduction resulting from the installation of Best Management Practices determined to be effective and practical to manage nutrient and sediment to protect surface water and groundwater.

In 2023, the SRBC Chesapeake Bay Watershed Region Freshwater Mussel Partnership, a voluntary affiliation of stakeholders drawn by our interest in freshwater mussels, was created to:

  • Advance and promote Conservation & Restoration; and,
  • Evaluate Water Quality best management practices (BMPs) to lessen excess nutrients and sediment in tributaries to the Bay.

In December 2022, the Steering Committee issued a Phase 1 Implementation Framework which shows the parties responsible for implementation of both the smaller-scale watershed implementation and the broader-scale state-wide implementation.

For more information about upcoming CWIP implementation funding opportunities, see the following handouts:

NOTE: All previous meeting materials, documents, and historical records can be accessed on the archived projects and resources page and the archived meetings page.

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Matthew Rowe (Chair), Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Email:  matthew.rowe@maryland.gov
Phone:  (410) 537-3578
Jill Whitcomb (Chair), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101

Email:  jiwhitcomb@pa.gov
Jackie Pickford (Staffer), Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Staffer, Chesapeake Research Consortium
1750 Forest Drive Suite 130
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  pickford.jacqueline@epa.gov
Mark Hoffman, Chesapeake Bay Commission
60 West Street
Suite 406
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  mhoffman@chesbay.us
Phone:  (410) 263-3420
John Maleri, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
1200 First Street NE
Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20002

Email:  john.maleri@dc.gov
Marcia Fox, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Dover, Delaware 19904

Email:  marcia.fox@state.de.us
Phone:  (302) 739-9939
Dave Goshorn, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  david.goshorn@maryland.gov
Phone:  (410) 260-8110
Lauren Townley, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233

Email:  lauren.townley@dec.ny.gov
Phone:  (518) 402-8283
Julia Wakeling, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
1200 First St NE
Washington D.C., District of Columbia 20002

Email:  julia.wakeling@dc.gov
Gregory Busch, Maryland Department of the Environment

Email:  gregory.busch@maryland.gov
Jutta Schneider, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Patrick Henry Building 1111 E. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Email:  jutta.schneider@deq.virginia.gov
Kevin McLean, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Email:  kevin.mclean@deq.virginia.gov
Liz McKercher, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Scott Settle, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
601 57th St SE
Charleston, West Virginia 25304

Email:  dallas.s.settle@wv.gov