The Watershed Implementation Plans, or WIPs, are plans developed by the Bay states as part of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
In 2010, the states and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set pollution limits that would restore water quality in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay by 2025, with an additional goal of having practices in place by 2017 to achieve 60 percent of those water quality improvements.
Each state developed its own plan (WIP) designed to ensure practices are put in place to achieve those goals. In addition, the states made two-year milestone commitments to take specific actions to ensure progress is being made. These milestones enable the states and EPA to identify shortcomings and take corrective action before the deadlines are reached.