New York's Watershed Implementation Plan

Charting New York's course to clean water

To clean up the Bay, we must improve the health of the local streams and rivers that feed into it.

The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is a collaborative effort between federal and state governments that includes the Chesapeake Bay TMDL—the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) established pollution limits for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment—and the state Watershed Implementation Plans.  

New York and the other six Bay jurisdictions agreed to create state-specific roadmaps for how they will meet the pollution reduction requirements laid out in the TMDL by 2025. These roadmaps are called Watershed Implementation Plans or WIPs and give state, township, county, and local jurisdictions the power to cooperatively define the strategies that will be most effective for cleaning up their local waterways and achieving the TMDL.

The WIPs consist of three phases. This year, the Bay jurisdictions are introducing their Phase III WIPs, which will define the final commitments and controls necessary to fully achieve their 2025 pollution reduction targets. EPA is encouraging jurisdictions to include more local engagement strategies in their Phase III WIPs, a strategy that is crucial as much of the implementation occurs at the local level.

For more details, go to New York's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program website >>


Two-year Milestones and progress reports are a critical tool to hold the states and the federal EPA publicly accountable. By 2017, practices should have been in place to achieve 60 percent of the 2025 pollution reduction goals. Here's a look at how New York performed.            Key

Nitrogen Phosphorus Sediment
NYNew York
Polluted Runoff
& CSO† †


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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