Implementing Maryland’s Action Plan: Building Local Partnerships to Meet Bay Restoration Goals
As part of the reasonable assurance required by EPA for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, Maryland’s Phase II Plan identified a comprehensive set of pollution control strategies that collectively will achieve the nutrient and sediment reductions needed to meet the State’s 2017 and 2025 goals for restoring the Bay and improving local waters. In support of the State’s continuing engagement of its local partners in that effort, this website has been created to serve as a shared resource to provide announcements and materials for meetings and webinars, source sector specific information and other WIP-related documentation, as well as to track and report ongoing implementation progress towards meeting nutrient and sediment reduction targets.
Goals and Progress
The Chesapeake Bay Partnership has completed the 2014-2015 milestone period. Maryland's 2015 Progress Summary describes the progress achieved since the Chesapeake Bay TMDL was adopted in 2010.
BayStat allows you to see progress since 1985 by pollutant (nitrogen, phosphorus and sediments), by pollution source sector (Farms, Wastewater Treatment Plants, Stormwater Runoff, Septic Systems and Forestland), and by a variety of geographic scales (Statewide, Five Major Basins, Ten Tributary Strategy Basins and County).
See the “Two-Year Milestones” below for evaluations of Maryland’s progress on near-term commitments.
To promote continual progress, EPA’s accountability framework for restoring the Chesapeake Bay calls on states to identify milestones to be reached in two-year increments. Below are State and local milestones, status reports, evaluations of progress and guidance.
Additional Information and Related Links
Local Engagement Events
2016 Fall WIP Workshops
Five regional WIP workshops were held in September and October 2016 throughout the State of Maryland. The presentations are now available. All presentations are on the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology website (leaving MDE).
- Central Maryland Workshop was held in Catonsville on September 21st
- Upper Eastern Shore Workshop was held in Easton on September 30th
- Western Maryland Workshop was held in Williamsport on October 7th
- Lower Eastern Shore Workshop was held in Salisbury on October 19t
- Southern Maryland Workshop was held in La Plata on October 21st
Topics of Discussion:
Special thanks to the Town Creek Foundation for providing support for this workshop.
January 8, 2016 - Nutrient Trading Symposium
The Symposium presented the basic concepts of trading and the role of trading in Bay restoration efforts, including accelerating nutrient and sediment reductions, lowering the high costs of reaching and maintaining loading caps, providing the funding for conservation practices, and generating supplemental farm income and other financial benefits. The Symposium is sponsored by the Maryland Departments of the Environment and Agriculture in collaboration with the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Maryland Grain Producers.
Presentations and Videos (all Leaving MDE) are provided below:
- Agenda and Full Symposium Video
- Welcome: Ed Fry, Board Member, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology (Video)
- Opening Remarks: Joe Bartenfelder, Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture (Video)
- Nutrient Trading Overview: How does it fit in? - Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of Environment (Video)
- Environmental, Agricultural and Economic Motivations for Trading Panel (Video)
- Doug Myers, Maryland Senior Scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Trey Hill, Owner, Harborview Farms (Presentation)
- Shannon Moore, Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Resources for Frederick County Government (Presentation)
- The Science and Technology of Accounting for Nutrient Sources and Reductions - Associate Director Rich Batiuk (CBP) (Video) (Presentation)
- Panel Discussion on Science & Technology of Nutrient Accounting Panel (Video)
- Rich Batiuk, Chesapeake Bay Program
- Dr. Beth McGee, Senior Water Quality Scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Mindy Selman, Senior Analyst, USDA Office of Environmental Markets (Presentation)
- Bob Ensor, District Manager, Howard County Soil Conservation District
- Trading Fundamentals - Dr. David Newburn (University of Maryland) (Video) (Presentation)
- Perspectives on Trading - Bob Rose (USEPA) (Video)
- Question and Answer Period (Video)
- Role of Brokers and Credit Aggregators - George Kelly, Resource Environmental Solutions (Video) (Presentation)
- Maryland’s Existing Trading Infrastructure - Susan Payne (MDA) (Video) (Presentation)
- Closing Panel Questions and Answers (Video)
October 26, 2015 - Chesapeake Bay Program's Phase 6 watershed model Land-use Version 1
On Monday, October 26, 2015, MDE and MDP hosted a webinar that discussed Version 1 of Chesapeake Bay Program's Phase 6 watershed model land-use. The Phase 6 modeling tools are being developed to inform the Phase III WIPs. The webinar covered the following topics related to the Phase 6 watershed model land-use, general Overview of Version 1, incorporation of Local Jurisdiction Data, Maryland Specific Methodologies, and future Improvements for Version 2. The link to the recording of the webinar is provided below.
April 28, 2015 - Chesapeake Bay Phase 6 Watershed Model Land-Use Development
MDE and MDP hosted a webinar that discussed the development of the Chesapeake Bay Program's Phase 6 watershed model land-use for Maryland. The Phase 6 modeling tools are being developed to inform the Phase III WIPs. MDE, MDP, and USGS presented on the Land-Use Classifications, Incorporation of Local Jurisdiction Data, and Maryland Specific Methodologies.
November 21, 2014 - Upper Eastern Shore Fall Regional Workshop
November 17, 2014 - Western Maryland Fall Regional Workshop
November 14, 2014 - Lower Eastern Shore Fall Regional Workshop
November 12, 2014 - Central Maryland Fall Regional Workshop
November 5, 2014 - Southern Maryland Fall Regional Workshop
September 25, 2014 - Chesapeake Bay Program BMP Verification Framework Webinar
MDE and CBP hosted a webinar on the BMP Verifcation Framework. Rich Batiuk, Chair of the CBP BMP Verification Committee, provided a briefing and presentation on what is contained in the framework and how enhanced verification of nutrient and sediment pollutant reducing practices will be implemented over time.
June 11, 2014 - Local WIP Technical Meeting Series - Session #4
MDE presented a webinar on the features of the new TMDL Data Center website on June 11, 2014. This presentation gives an overview of the function and use of the resources available on the TMDL Data Center website for developing Stormwater Wasteload Allocation (SW-WLA) Implementation Plans.
November 20, 2013 - Lower Eastern Shore Fall Regional Workshop
November 18, 2013 - Central Fall Regional Workshop
November 13, 2013 - Upper Easter Shore Fall Regional Workshop
November 6, 2013 - Western Fall Regional Workshop
November 4, 2013 - Southern Fall Regional Workshop
July 8, 2013 - Local WIP Technical Meeting Series - Session #3
May 15, 2013 - Lower Eastern Shore Spring Regional Workshop
May 7, 2013 - Southern Spring Regional Workshop
April 29, 2013 - Upper Easter Shore Spring Regional Workshop
April 25, 2013 - Central Spring Regional Workshop
April 22, 2013 - Western Spring Regional Workshop
April 8, 2013 - Local WIP Technical Meeting Series - Session #2
February 26, 2013 - Quarterly Local Engagement Session - Winter Webinar
January 25, 2013 - Local WIP Technical Meeting Series - Session #1
November 28,2012 - Quarterly Local Engagement Session - Kick-off Webinar
For information on TMDL Implementation contact Jim George at (410) 537-3579.
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