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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan Phase III

Announcement: Chesapeake Bay TMDL WIP Stakeholder Information

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), together with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, is developing the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) to meet US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements to reduce pollutant loads to the Chesapeake Bay by 2025. Local government participation in the process is not required. However, local input in the WIP can drive future state policy and influence future funding availability.

Individual locality implementation plans will not be produced as a part of the Phase II WIP, and the WIP does not supersede local TMDL implementation. Best Management Practices, implementation strategies and resource needs will be developed by Planning District via a public stakeholder process. DEQ will then aggregate the regional information into a state level plan.

The Planning District Commissions (PDC) in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay watershed will be dealing with stormwater, septic systems, and urban forestry, while the Soil and Water Conservation Districts will address agriculture and the remaining forestry BMPs separately through their processes. DEQ will then combine both sets of data for stakeholders from all sectors to review at a final meeting held by RRRC in November.

DEQ is requesting PDCs complete the following planning tasks:

     1. Revise region’s urban BMP input deck provided by DEQ
     2. Review and update (as necessary) combined ag and urban BMP
     input deck
     3. Develop regional implementation strategies
     4. Outline resources needed for implementation (i.e. funding, authority,      education and technical assistance needs)
     5. List local co-benefits achieved through BMP and strategies (e.g.      improving local water quality, advancing economic development      opportunities, enhancing outdoor recreation, climate resiliency, flood      control)

RRRC has been tasked with coordinating a minimum of four regional stakeholder meetings beginning in July and submitting all information to DEQ by December 15, 2018. For more information on RRRC's regional WIP III efforts please contact Michelle Edwards at medwards@rrregion.org or 540-829-7450.


Stakeholder Meetings & Materials

Chesapeake Bay WIP III Stakeholder Meeting
August 17, 2018 | 1pm
Culpeper County Library (Map)

Chesapeake Bay WIP III Stakeholder Meeting
July 13, 2018 | 1pm
Culpeper County Library (Map)
Agenda
Meeting Summary
Presentation: WIP Phase III Regional Process Overview


Additional Information

Rappahannock-Rapidan Region WIP III Workbook
DEQ Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase III WIP Webpage
DEQ Chesapeake Bay TMDL Resources and Tools Webpage

 

 

Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission
420 Southridge Parkway • Suite 106 • Culpeper, VA  22701 • Tel: (540) 829-7450 • Fax: (540) 829-7452

E-mail:  planinfo@rrregion.org