Collectively, the EPA's TMDL and the state Watershed Implementation Plans establish the Clean Water Blueprint for the Chesapeake.
Delaware 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.
The WIPs consist of three phases. In 2018, the Bay jurisdictions will submit their Phase III WIPs, which will identify gaps between current capacity and what is estimated as necessary to fully achieve their 2025 targets, include specific actions to be taken, and identify steps local jurisdictions will take to support restoration goals. See EPA's document on Phase III WIPs
Two-year Milestones and progress reports are a critical tool to hold the states and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publicly accountable.
|DCDistrict of Columbia|
& CSO† †
|red||Did not achieve|
|yellow||Within 5% of achieving|
|*||No contribution from this source sector|
|†||Urban & Suburban|
|† †||Combined Sewer Outflow|
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