Blueprint Progress: Tracking Milestones

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A critical piece of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is tracking state progress towards goals.

As part of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the six Bay states and District of Columbia vowed to implement the strategies needed to restore the Bay and its rivers and streams by 2025. The states also committed to two-year incremental goals called Milestones. These Milestones are critical components to restoration efforts because they provide the mechanism to hold government accountable for short-term progress toward their long-term pollution-reduction goals. They enable the states and EPA to identify shortcomings and take corrective action before the deadlines are reached.

In June 2017, CBF analyzed the most recently available information (for 2016) to evaluate pollution-reduction progress (read the press release). This analysis included:

  • comparing 2016 progress to 2017 expected pollutant reduction targets for achieving 60 percent of the total reductions targeted for 2025, shown below;
  • evaluating some of the programmatic commitments (including policies, programs, and funding) Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia made in their two-year milestones (see links below)

Overall, CBF found that:

  • Pennsylvania is significantly off track in reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution from agriculture as well as urban/suburban runoff. Progress in reducing pollution from sewage treatment plants is on track. Overall progress to reduce nitrogen pollution is significantly off track, but efforts to reduce phosphorus and sediment pollution are only slightly off track. Learn More
    (download the Pennsylvania report)

  • Maryland is slightly off track reducing nitrogen pollution from agriculture, while on track to remove phosphorus and sediment pollution. Urban/suburban efforts have fallen far short for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment. Maryland's efforts to upgrade sewage treatment plants are on track. Thus, overall efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution are slightly off track, while pollution reduction efforts for phosphorus and sediment are on track. Learn More
    (download the Maryland report)

  • Virginia is on track to meet its phosphorus goal for agriculture, and slightly off track for nitrogen and sediment. The Commonwealth is significantly off track in meeting nitrogen and sediment goals for urban/suburban runoff, while only slightly off track for phosphorus. Due to its success with upgrading sewage treatment plants, overall, Virginia is on track for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, and slightly off track for sediment. Learn More
    (download the Virginia report)

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Milestones
At-A-Glance

Are we on-track to achieve the 2017 pollution-reduction goals?

Nitrogen Phosphorus Sediment
DEDelaware
Agriculture yellow green green
U&S Polluted Runoff red green green
Wastewater & CSO† † green green green
Septic red N/A* N/A*
All Sources yellow green green
 
DCDistrict of Columbia
Agriculture N/A* N/A* N/A*
U&S Polluted Runoff yellow green yellow
Wastewater & CSO† † green green green
Septic N/A* N/A* N/A*
All Sources green green green
 
MDMaryland
Agriculture yellow green green
U&S Polluted Runoff red red red
Wastewater & CSO† † green green green
Septic red N/A* N/A*
All Sources yellow green green
 
NYNew York
Agriculture red green red
U&S Polluted Runoff yellow green green
Wastewater & CSO† † red green red
Septic red N/A* N/A*
All Sources red green yellow
 
PAPennsylvania
Agriculture red red yellow
U&S Polluted Runoff red red red
Wastewater & CSO† † green green green
Septic red N/A* N/A*
All Sources red yellow yellow
 
VAVirginia
Agriculture yellow green yellow
U&S Polluted Runoff red yellow red
Wastewater & CSO† † green green green
Septic red N/A* N/A*
All Sources green green yellow
 
WVWest Virginia
Agriculture green green green
U&S Polluted Runoff yellow green green
Wastewater & CSO† † yellow green green
Septic green N/A* N/A*
All Sources green green green

Key

red Off-track by more than 10 percent
yellow Off-track by less than 10 percent
green On-track

 

* No contribution from this source sector
Urban & Suburban
† † Combined Sewer Outflow

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