Virginia Chesapeake Bay Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP)
In 2010 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established load reduction goals (TMDL), for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment to provide for a clean water within the Chesapeake Bay watershed (show images). The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), are developing the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), a summary of pollution control actions and strategies, or cleanup roadmap, to reduce pollutant loads in local, regional, Virginia and Bay waterways, by 2025.
The Phase III WIP includes an update on strategies and identification of new reduction strategies with special focus on engagement with localities, Soil & Water Conservation Districts, and community stakeholders. The Local Government Council is assisting DEQ to convene meetings to provide the opportunity to review, evaluate, and refine, based on local knowledge, planning goals, and staff, best management practices and programs. Local input in the WIP provides the opportunity to comment on future state policy and influence future programmatic and implementation strategy funding.
The LGC will convene at least four regional stakeholder meetings between July and December 2018. Continue to visit this site to learn of the upcoming project meetings. For more information contact Kelly Hitchcock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Region 2000 Local Government Council will hold it first regional stakeholder meeting for development of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) on:
Thursday, August 23, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Lynchburg Public Library Community Room
2315 Memorial Avenue
Stakeholders will discuss pollutant loads and voluntary reduction strategies within the unregulated urban, septic, and forest sectors within portions of Lynchburg City and Appomattox, Amherst, Bedford and Campbell counties.