Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Environmental Protection Agency Provides Bay Jurisdictions with Guide for Phase II WIPs

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

National Resources Conservation Service Announces Release of “Assessment of the Effects of Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland in the Chesapeake Bay Region”


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On March 15, 2011, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) announced the release of its second report in a series that concerns effects of conservation practices in the Bay region.  The report quantifies the environmental benefits of farming conservation practices and examines further benefits received from continuing conservation practices.  For the complete report please view Assessment of the Effects of Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland in the Chesapeake Bay Region (Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA).

Written by Jay Angle, Research Assistant