Chesapeake Bay TMDL “Milestones” Progress Report for 2012-13 Released by U.S. EPA on June 26, 2014; Report Also Includes Bay Jurisdictions’ Milestone Commitments for 2014-15

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program released its annual report on progress made in 2012-13 by the six Chesapeake Bay states and the District of Columbia toward the goals—or “milestones”—of pollutant reductions by each jurisdiction under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution-reduction plan, which was released by the EPA in December 2010.  Under the plan, each jurisdiction has developed Watershed Improvement Plans (WIP) that contain the two-year milestones for reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment.  The EPA report also includes the milestones set by each jurisdiction for the 2014-15 period.

EPA’s news release on its assessment of 2012-13 progress (EPA Credits States for Making Progress in Bay Cleanup; Says More Effort Needed to Get Back on Track for a Restored Bay) stated that “data provided by the Bay jurisdictions show that the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership as a whole achieved the 2013 milestone targets for nitrogen and phosphorus.  The partners fell short of their reduction commitments for sediment, but collectively they remain on track to meet the 2017 target.”

EPA’s fact sheet on Virginia (available online at http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/tmdl/2014Evaluations/factsheet_VA.pdf) states that Virginia achieved its milestone commitments for 2012-13 and is “ahead of schedule” on its overall commitments under the Bay TMDL.  The EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/tmdl/ChesapeakeBay/RestorationUnderway.html provides access to the assessment for each Bay jurisdiction.

Earlier in June 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Choose Clean Water Coalition of Chesapeake Bay released a separate analysis of watershed states’ progress during 2012-13 in reaching Bay TMDL milestones.  Their analysis asserted that Virginia had made significant progress toward its goals in wastewater-treatment improvements but that the Commonwealth needs to increase its efforts in reducing pollutants from agriculture and from urban/suburban stormwater runoff.  Those organizations’ analysis for the entire watershed is available online at http://www.cbf.org/milestones; the report for Virginia is available online at http://www.cbf.org/news-media/cbf-reports/va-milestones-2012-2013-final/embedded-pdf.)

For previous Grouper posts on progress toward Bay TMDL milestones, please see https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=milestone.

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