Phase I Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs), developed in 2010, describe actions the states need to take to address the Chesapeake Bay TMDL by 2017 and 2025. The Phase II WIPs, were developed by the states in 2012, and built on the initial Phase I WIPs by identifying specific activities that need to be taken at the federal, state and local level. In Virginia, following a significant local outreach effort, local governments submitted roughly 500 pollutant reduction strategies for inclusion in the Phase II WIP, reflecting a strong commitment on the part of local officials to reduce pollutants within their jurisdictions.  As with the two previous WIPs, the Phase III WIPs will include an update of state and federal strategies and the identification of new pollutant reduction strategies. It will also include a more focused and sustained local engagement effort and local strategies.

Virginia's Phase III WIP Local Engagement Strategy

In light of the strong emphasis on local engagement for the Phase III WIP, Virginia has developed and begun implementing of a local engagement program that will continue throughout the Phase III WIP development process and beyond.  The local engagement program will evolve as the state receives input from local governments and other stakeholders to ensure that the state's engagement efforts are best suited to local entities.  The components of the local engagement program include:

  1. Ongoing meetings of the Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG).  This group is comprised of representatives of the agricultural, conservation, development and industrial communities as well as representatives of local governments and soil and water quality conservation districts.  The state will be providing updates to this group and eliciting their comments on all aspects of Phase III WIP planning, including the local engagement program.
  2. Attendance at local government, soil and water conservation district and other stakeholder association meetings to provide updates throughout the Phase III WIP process.
  3. Initial regional outreach meetings to local governments and soil and water conservation districts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed portion of the state (completed).
  4. A Phase III Workshop in the Spring of 2018.  At this Workshop, DEQ will provide detailed information on the Phase III WIP process and expectations and will present tools such as template water quality implementation strategies
  5. Facilitated work sessions for local governments, soil and water conservation districts and other stakeholders.  These work sessions will involve training on the various tools available for the development and prioritization of pollutant reducing strategies and how to report best management practices (BMPs).
  6. Ongoing assistance to local governments and stakeholders.

For more information about the Commonwealth's Phase III WIP Local Engagement Strategy, contact Joan Salvati at joan.salvati@deq.virginia.gov.


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


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