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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection provided the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) with its revised final Phase I WIP. As required by the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Loads (“Bay TMDLs”), the seven jurisdictions must submit Watershed Implementation Plans (“WIPs”) for EPA’s approval and after January 11, 2011, all seven jurisdictions had submitted their final Phase I WIPs. The WIPs detail how the jurisdictions plan to meet the Bay TMDLs pollution allocations. In the Phase I WIPs, EPA expected the jurisdictions to “subdivide the Bay TMDL allocations among pollutant sources; evaluate their current legal, regulatory, programmatic and financial tools available to implement the allocations; identify and rectify potential shortfalls in attaining the allocations; describe mechanisms to track and report implementation activities; provide alternative approaches; and outline a schedule for implementation.” EPA will monitor the jurisdictions’ WIP progress and may take appropriate action to ensure the jurisdictions will meet their milestones. For more information on the Phase I WIPs, please visit EPA’s Watershed Implementation Plan Resource Area: How Does it Work? Ensuring Results (see “Final Phase 1 Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs)”).
Written by Jay Angle, Research Assistant