On March 30, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) provided the seven Bay watershed jurisdictions with a guide for what to include in the Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (“WIPs”) drafts that the jurisdictions will submit to EPA. EPA expects the Phase II WIPs to include “more specific information that facilitates actions by local partners to control nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment to achieve the allocations” set by the Bay TMDLs. Drafts of the Phase II WIPs are to be submitted to the EPA by December 1, 2011 and Final Phase II WIPs are to be submitted by March 30, 2012. For the complete guide please view Guide for Chesapeake Bay Jurisdictions for the Development of Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (Environmental Protection Agency).
Written by Jay Angle, Research Assistant