Virginia's Watershed Implementation Plans for the Chesapeake Bay

In accordance with EPA expectations, the jurisdictions' Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) are designed to accomplish a set of allocation goals identified in the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. EPA recognizes that it will take time to develop the level of detail the jurisdictions are expected to include in their WIPs. As a result, the WIP development process has been divided into three distinct phases.

Phase I Watershed Implementation Plan

The initial Phase I WIP provided information for EPA to consider when it established wasteload and load allocations within each of the 92 segments listed as impaired. The Phase I WIP includes a description of the authorities, actions, and control measures (to the extent possible) that will be implemented to achieve these point and nonpoint source TMDL allocations. For more information, view the Phase I WIP document.

Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan

The Phase II WIP was developed with the assistance of a Stakeholder Advisory Group convened by the Secretary of Natural Resources, State agencies, localities and Planning District Commissions and submitted to EPA on March 30, 2012. Click here for a copy of the Phase II WIP.

Development of the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan

The Phase III WIP will be submitted to EPA in 2018 and will include refined actions and controls that will be implemented between 2018 and 2025 to achieve water quality standards.  Development of this plan has not yet begun.

EPA Expectations for Watershed Implementation Plans

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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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