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Maryland TMDL & WIP Regional Exchange Maryland TMDL Segmentsheds June 30, Basic Background EPA to Finish Chesapeake Bay TMDLs by December 2010 Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs): Allow States
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Maryland TMDL & WIP Regional Exchange Maryland TMDL Segmentsheds June 30, Basic Background EPA to Finish Chesapeake Bay TMDLs by December 2010 Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs): Allow States to Allocate Loads Support Reasonable Assurance of Implementation Part of new federal Accountability Framework to Ensure Results Federal Accountability Framework Bay TMDLs Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) 2-Year Implementation Milestones Tracking & Evaluating Progress Federal Consequences 2 Phase I WIPs Developed in 2010: Nutrient and sediment load targets by sector and by impaired segment 8 WIP Elements (EPA Expectations Letter) Reduction Deadlines: 2017 Interim Target 2025 Final Target (2020 Maryland Goal) Due to EPA Sept. 1 WIP Phase I, II, III Basics Public Review: WIP and TMDLs available for 45-Days, starting Sept. 24 thru Nov. 8 3 WIP Phase I, II, III Basics (Con t) Phase II WIP Developed : TMDL Allocations may be modified in Phase II More Time to Address Technical Issues More Time for Stakeholder Advice Local Target Loads: Finer Geographic Scale Identify Specific Controls to be implemented by 2017 Draft Due June 1, 2011 Final Due November 1, WIP Phase I, II, III Basics (Con t) Phase III WIP Developed in 2017: Possibly modify TMDL and allocations Identify controls to meet Final Target Loads 5 Eight WIP Elements 1. Interim and Final Nutrient and Sediment Target Loads 2. Current Baseline Loading and Program Capacity 3. Account for Growth 4. Gap Analysis 5. Commitment & Strategy to Fill Gaps 6. Tracking and Reporting Protocols 7. Contingencies for Slow or Incomplete Implementation 8. Appendix with Detailed Targets and Schedule: a. Loads divided by 303(d) segment drainage and source sector b. Reduction Schedule with 2-year target loads (Used by EPA for Milestone Evaluation) c. No later than November 2011: Update to include loads divided by local area and controls to meet 2017 interim target load 6 Current Strategy Foundation 2-Year Milestones: 35 Milestones are Foundation: 16 Agricultural Practices* (See next slide) 9 Urban Practices Air (1) Septics (4) WWTPs (2) Stormwater (1) Urban Nutrient Management (1) 10 Natural Filters Practices* Grass Stream Buffers (2) Forest Stream Buffers (2) Wetland Restoration (2) Retire Highly Erodible Land (1) Tree Planting (1) * Four (4) of the Natural Filters Practices are on Agricultural Land. BayStat Website: 7 Agricultural 2-yr Milestones 1. Cover Crops on Private Lands* 2. Cover Crops on Public Lands* 3. Nutrient Management Plan Enforcement 4. Soil Conservation & Water Quality Plans 5. Continuous No-Till Conservation 6. Precision Agriculture 7. Heavy Use Poultry Area Concrete Pads 8. Livestock Waste Structures 9. Water Control Structures 10. Dairy Manure Incorporation Technology 11. Stream Protection with Fencing 12. Manure Transport 13. Poultry Manure Incorporation Technology 14. Poultry Waste Structures 15. Stream Protection without Fencing 16. Runoff Control Systems BayStat Website: 8 Accounting for Growth 1. Power Plant Atmos. Cap Strategy 2. Wastewater Cap Strategy 3. WIP Reduction Strategies will Account for Projected Future Loads 4. Contingency NPS Offset Policies: a. Loads from New Land Development b. Loads from New Septic Systems 9 Additional Options Being Considered Agriculture Increase Export of Poultry Manure out of Watershed Implement Precision Agriculture Tracking & Accounting of Voluntary Best Management Practices Urban/Suburban BAT replacement for failing Septic Systems Natural Filters Increase stream buffers on urban land. General Implement Cap & Trade programs. Increase Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. 10 Possible Discussion Topics Expectations for Phase I & Phase II WIPs Potential Implications for Different Sectors: Agriculture Stormwater: Urban/suburban/industrial Waste Water Treatment: Municipal/industrial/septics Other Ideas for Accelerating Load Reductions Accounting for Growth in Loads How WIPs relate to other Watershed Plans Barriers and Challenges Partnership Opportunities 11 Contacts: MDE: Tom Thornton DNR: Catherine Shanks MDA: Beth Horsey MDP: Jason Dubow
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