Goal

Reduce pollutants to achieve the water quality necessary to support the aquatic living resources of the Bay and its tributaries and protect human health.

Importance

Many parts of the Chesapeake Bay contain excess nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment, and are listed as impaired under the Clean Water Act. The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), or “pollution diet,” uses Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) to drive nutrient and sediment reductions in each of the watershed states and the District of Columbia. These plans set pollution reduction targets for sources like agricultural runoff, stormwater runoff and wastewater. Reducing pollution is critical to restoring the watershed because clean water is the foundation for healthy fisheries, habitats and communities across the region.

Outcomes

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2017

Watershed Implementation Plans, created by watershed jurisdictions under the Chesapeake Bay “pollution diet” or Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), are instrumental in the restoration of tidal water quality. Improving water quality will support other restoration goals and benefit human health.
Outcome:
By 2017, have practices and controls in place that are expected to achieve 60 percent of the nutrient and sediment pollution load reductions necessary to achieve applicable water quality standards compared to 2009 levels.
Lead Goal Implementation Team:
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Lead Workgroup:
Forage Action Team
Contact:
Lucinda Power (410) 267-5722
Management Strategy:
Wq revised clean ms 2021 22 v1 6 2021 (pdf - 760.851 KB)
Logic & Action Plan:
2025 wip outcome srs logic and action plan v1 6 2021 (pdf - 279.435 KB)
Strategy Review System Update:
Logic & Action Plan | Narrative | Presentation
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Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) - 2025

Blue crabs are important to the ecology and economy of the Chesapeake Bay. The keystone species supports commercial and recreational fisheries across the region. But poor water quality, habitat loss, harvest pressure and natural predation can affect their continued health. Tracking blue crab population levels can inform how harvest regulations should or shouldn’t change if we are to maintain a sustainable blue crab stock.
Outcome:
By 2025, have all practices and controls installed to achieve the Bay’s dissolved oxygen, water clarity/submerged aquatic vegetation and chlorophyll a standards as articulated in the Chesapeake Bay TMDL document.
Contact:
Bruce Vogt (410) 267-5655
Management Strategy:
2018 2019 blue crab management strategy (pdf - 564.125 KB)
Logic & Action Plan:
2020 2021 blue crab logic and action plan (pdf - 267.026 KB)
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Water Quality Standards Attainment and Monitoring

Monitoring the attainment of water quality standards will give us the information needed to track trends in nutrient and sediment pollution and assess whether or not Chesapeake Bay water quality is high enough to support aquatic living resources.
Outcome:
Continually improve the capacity to monitor and assess the effects of management actions being undertaken to implement the Bay TMDL and improve water quality. Use the monitoring results to report annually to the public on progress made in attaining established Bay water-quality standards and trends in reducing nutrients and sediment in the watershed.
Lead Goal Implementation Team:
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Contact:
Scott Phillips (443) 498-5552
Management Strategy:
Wq revised clean ms 2021 22 last revised nov 12 for srs review (pdf - 641.049 KB)
Logic & Action Plan:
Wqsam post quarterly review logic action plan 2021 2022 (pdf - 326.123 KB)
Strategy Review System Update:
Logic & Action Plan | Narrative | Presentation
Archived Strategy Review System Documents:
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