Maryland's Watershed Implementation Plan

Collectively, the EPA's TMDL and the state Watershed Implementation Plans establish the Clean Water Blueprint for the Chesapeake.

Maryland 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.

For more details, go to Maryland's Bay Cleanup Plan website >>

MARYLAND'S 2017 MIDPOINT PROGRESS TOWARD POLLUTION REDUCTIONS

By 2017, practices should have been in place to achieve 60 percent of the 2025 pollution reduction goals. Here's a look at how the watershed jurisdictions performed.            Key

Nitrogen Phosphorus Sediment
 
MDMaryland
Agriculture
 
     
U&S
Polluted Runoff
     
Wastewater
& CSO† †
    N/A*
ALL
SOURCES
     
NOTES:
Nitrogen: According to the Maryland Department of the Environment, if the reductions associated with the recent upgrade to the Back River sewage treatment plant, the largest plant in Maryland, were included, the overall 2017 nitrogen reduction goal would have been met.

Key

red Did not achieve
yellow Within 5% of achieving
green Achieved

 

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

 

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