Chesapeake Bay Reference Materials

Draft County Planning Targets for the Phase 2 Chesapeake WIP

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) submitted Pennsylvania’s Final Phase 2 Chesapeake Watershed Implementation Plan (final Phase 2 WIP) to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 30, 2012. The final Phase 2 WIP was the subject of a public comment period extending from December 17, 2011 to January 30, 2012. It describes the state’s plan to address EPA’s expectations that the states develop a Phase 2 WIP so that local partners (1) are aware of the WIP strategies; (2) understand their contribution to meeting the TMDL allocations; and (3) have been provided with the opportunity to suggest any refinements to the WIP strategies. The final Phase 2 WIP was developed to meet EPA’s August 1, 2011 revised nutrient and sediment planning targets for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The planning targets are the result of EPA’s development of a revised watershed model. In response to public comment, DEP will develop revised draft county planning targets based on reported year 2010 BMP implementation levels. These will be developed following EPA acceptance of DEP’s watershed model input deck for the year 2025 and posted to this website. The draft county planning targets estimate the nutrient and sediment reductions that will help Pennsylvania meet its Chesapeake watershed planning targets. Should a county want to improve upon the watershed model generated draft county planning targets, DEP will support the county in the use of the Chesapeake Assessment and Scenario Tool (CAST). CAST is a new web-based tool designed by EPA to help states and counties assess the most effective ways to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

DEP also provided to EPA, Pennsylvania’s Programmatic Two-Year Milestones for the year 2012 through 2013. The milestones identify on-going activities to implement Pennsylvania’s Phase 1 and 2 WIPs.

As part of the Phase 2 WIP process, DEP also updated its wastewater permitting strategy and documented the current status in meeting point source objectives of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. A supplement to the Phase 2 WIP was submitted to EPA on April 2, 2012. DEP considers this to be a dynamic document that will be modified based on the collection of new data, updates in permitting activities, and adaptations to the permitting approach. The link below provides the latest update to this document.

On Jan. 11, 2011 DEP provided the revised final WIP to EPA. The major revisions made between the Nov. 29, 2010 WIP, the Dec. 23, 2010 WIP and the Jan 11, 2010 were the inclusion of the implementation rates for the best management practices that were included in the final input deck run (Section 14) and minor revisions were also made to Sections 5 and 8 of the document to reflect that final input deck run and Table B2. The final Table B2 was also sent to EPA on Jan. 11, 2011.

On Dec. 23, 2010 DEP provided a revised WIP to EPA. The major revision made between the Nov. 29, 2010 WIP and the Dec. 23, 2010 WIP was the inclusion of the implementation rates for the best management practices that were included in the final input deck run (Section 14). Minor revisions were also made to Sections 5 and 8 of the document.

On Nov. 29, 2010 the DEP sent to the EPA Pennsylvania’s Phase 1 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The WIP outlines the state’s plan to address nutrient and sediment loadings that drain to the Chesapeake Bay, and was prepared following EPA’s Nov. 4, 2009 guidance that outlined their expectations for WIPs and was revised based on public comments, workgroup input and comments received from EPA. The draft WIP was submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Sept. 1, 2010 and comments were collected Sept. 24, 2010 - Nov. 8, 2010. Pennsylvania’s WIP was prepared to address EPA’s expectations for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), scheduled for publication Dec. 31, 2010.

EPA has also posted each submitted WIP to their TMDL website.

A meeting was held on Wednesday March 31, 2010 in which the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) began initial discussions concerning the development of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay. As part of this process, EPA is requiring Chesapeake Bay states to develop WIPs. Meeting documents from this meeting include the following:

DEP has prepared new guidelines for sewage facilities planning as well as permitting for wastewater treatment facilities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Documents relating to Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy, Point Source Implementation Plan, include the following:

Following a year of extensive stakeholder meetings and public input, the Department of Environmental Protection will publish the final version of its Trading of Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Credits - Policy and Guidelines along with Appendix A which provides nutrient trading criteria specific to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and three attachments to Appendix A that include the Point Source Allocation Strategy, Overview of Wastewater Planning Program Procedures, and the Overview of the Agriculture Sector’s Participation in Nutrient Trading. These documents will be noticed as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Dec. 30, 2006.

A comment response document for comments submitted October - December 2005 and those submitted November - December 2006 will be addressed by the department in a separate Comment and Response document that will be posted below and on the department’s Nutrient Trading website shortly.

Documents being posted as final include the following:

Powerpoint Presentation: "How the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Partners Reached Agreement on Nutrient and Sediment Load Reductions and Caps" (pdf), Richard Batiuk, U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office

Pennsylvania Unveils Draft Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy (pdf):

This press release announces the unveiling of Pennsylvania's Draft Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Executive Summary (pdf). Deputy Secretary Cathy Curran Myers unveiled the Draft Strategy at the Aug. 12, 2004 meeting of the Citizen's Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Executive Council. The draft strategy outlines the plan to reduce nutrient and sediment loadings in the Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds. It focuses on the best management practices and the point source reductions that will be necessary to meet Pennsylvania's goals established by the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement. DEP Regional Offices will conduct public outreach through the summer and fall to receive comment on the strategy and recommendations for new program initiatives to put it into action. A final strategy will be published in December.

Additional background information is provided in the following DEP Fact Sheets: