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Virginia’s Draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan

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

Achieving Virginia’s 2017 reduction targets for nitrogen and phosphorus through successful implementation of the Phase I and Phase II WIPs demonstrates clearly that the goal of fully achieving Virginia’s state basin planning targets is within our reach. Yet, restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries will require significant action by federal, state and local governments, wastewater utilities, farmers and the agriculture and forestry industries, landowners and homeowners, lawn care companies, the general public and many more.

The building blocks of our Draft Phase III WIP include new state initiatives as well as existing federal, state and local programs, and detailed local area plans provided by our planning district commissions and soil and water conservation districts.

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

Read Secretary Strickler's letter to the Environmental Protection Agency

If you would like the report in a different file format, please send an email request to

Submission of Comments:

The comment period is now closed. A summary response to comments will be posted here once the WIP III has been finalized. If you are interested in receiving a copy of submitted comments, please contact Mike Murphy at  

Draft Phase III WIP Webinar:

A webinar was held on May 13, 2019. The webinar was recorded and posted online (enter your name and email address when prompted to access the recording). 

The PowerPoint presentation from the webinar is also available.



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

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