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Public Comment on Draft 2020-2021 Milestones Runs March 9 - April 7, 2020

These milestones were developed by the various agencies responsible for implementing Virginia's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). Virginia is committed to setting and working towards two-year Milestones to improve water quality in accordance with the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). These milestones are a part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) accountability framework designed to ensure, with confidence, that the nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment allocations of the TMDL will be met.

Written Comments:

Written comments on the Draft 2020-2021 Milestones may be submitted by any of the three methods listed below. Please include the name and mailing address (or e-mail address) of the commenter.

  1. E-mail:
  2. Postal mail: DEQ, ATTN: Chesbayplan, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218
  3. Hand-delivery: DEQ, ATTN: Chesbayplan, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400, Richmond, VA 23219 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., except on state holidays and any other days on which state offices in the Richmond area are closed)


Documents to view or download

Virginia’s Final 2020-2021 Milestones will be submitted to EPA no later than May 30, 2020 and will be available on DEQ's Chesapeake Bay Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Milestones webpage 

Virginia’s Final Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan

The Office of the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, through the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), announces the release of Virginia’s Final Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan for meeting the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (the Final Phase III WIP).

View or download Virginia’s Final Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan.

The Commonwealth held a robust and comprehensive public review of the Draft Phase III WIP from April 5 through June 7, 2019, as evidenced by the more than 4,800 comments received. Multiple, significant revisions to the Draft Phase III WIP were necessary to improve clarity, to provide updated information, and to offer additional explanation and detail for specific initiatives. The efforts by many organizations and individual citizens that went into the development of the Phase III WIP and the input during the public comment period are greatly appreciated.

The next six years will continue to require engagement from all nutrient source sectors, whether regulated or unregulated, whether governed by permits or voluntary, whether encompassing large facilities or individual citizens. Virginia will assess its progress every two years as part of periodic milestone updates and all interested stakeholders are encouraged to stay engaged and continue their contributions to a successful restoration effort.

Read Secretary Strickler's cover letter to the Environmental Protection Agency

The Final Phase III WIP best management practice (BMP) input deck is available through the Chesapeake Assessment and Scenario Tool (CAST). The scenario is titled "VA WIP III Final."

An Excel file containing all Final Phase III WIP tables is also available for download.

If you would like the report in a different file format, or if you would like a track-changes version of the Final Phase III WIP, please send an email request to with the subject line “File Format Request."

Summary of Draft Phase III WIP Comments

A summary response to comments received on the Draft Phase III WIP is now available. If you are interested in receiving a full copy of all submitted comments, send an email request to with the subject line “Request for Draft WIP III Comments."

EPA Evaluation of Phase III WIPs

EPA has released its evaluations of final Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay. View or download the evaluations on the EPA Chesapeake Bay TMDL webpage.



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