Chesapeake Bay TMDL “Milestones” Progress Report for 2016 Published by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on June 21, 2017

On June 21, 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation released a report on progress made in 2016 by Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania toward ithe 2016-17 interim, or “milestone,” goals for the Cheseapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution-prevention plan published in 2010.  Following is an excerpt from CBF’s Web site on its milestone-progress tracking, http://www.cbf.org/how-we-save-the-bay/chesapeake-clean-water-blueprint/blueprint-progress-tracking.html, accessed 6/22/17:
“In June 2017, CBF analyzed the most recently available information (for 2016) to evaluate pollution-reduction progress.  This analysis included [the following]: comparing 2016 progress to 2017 interim goals for achieving 60 percent of the total reductions targeted for 2025; [and] evaluating some of the programmatic commitments that Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia made in their two-year milestones.
“…Overall, CBF found [the following]:
Pennsylvania is off track for meeting its 2017 goals for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment;
Maryland is off target for its 2017 nitrogen reduction goals, but on target for reductions in phosphorus and sediment; and
Virginia is on track to meet its 2017 goals for nitrogen and phosphorus, but off track for sediment.”
CBF’s reports for the three states are online (as PDFs) at these links:
Virginia;
Maryland;
Pennsylvania.

For more information, see also CBF Releases Assessment of MD, VA, and PA Milestone Progress, Chesapeake Bay Foundation News Release, 6/21/17.

News media account: Report: Virginia making overall progress in Chesapeake Bay cleanup, Daily Press, 6/21/17.

In June 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided its evaluations of progress by Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions and by federal agencies towards meeting two-year interim goals, or “milestones,” for the 2014-2015 period.  For more on that report, please see this Water Central News Grouper post of June 23, 2016.

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