Washington, D.C.'s Watershed Implementation Plan

in millions of pounds per year
Washington, D.C. 1985 2009 2014 2016
2017 Milestone 2025 Goal
Nitrogen 6.17 2.88 2.07 1.42 1.49 2.37
Phosphorus 0.09 0.07 0.07 0.07 0.06 0.12
Sediment 17.5 16.95 17.15 15.95 15.55 17.39
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Collectively, the EPA's TMDL and the state Watershed Implementation Plans establish the Clean Water Blueprint for the Chesapeake.

Washington, D.C. and the other six Bay jurisdictions agreed to create state-specific plans to implement 60 percent of their Bay cleanup practices by 2017 and 100 percent by 2025. These plans are called Watershed Implementation Plans or WIPs and will not only help restore the Bay, but will also significantly improve the health of local waterways.


In June 2014, EPA evaluated the District's progress to date. Their findings are summarized here.

Urban Runoff            
Wastewater & CSO            
All Sources
    On track for 2017 target       Within 10% of being on track for 2017 target
    More than 10% off track for 2017 target       *No contribution from this source sector

Combined Sewer Outflow

Source: www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/tmdl/ChesapeakeBay/RestorationUnderway.html
Chart based on data from the Chesapeake Bay Program's 2014 Reducing Pollution Indicator: www.chesapeakebay.net/indicators/indicator/reducing_nitrogen_pollution


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