"The Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) is part of a 3-phased planning process to achieve nutrient and sediment clean-up goals for the Chesapeake Bay. This initiative is important because it will create the road map and accountability framework that steer us toward clean local streams and a healthy Chesapeake Bay.
During 2010 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set limits on the amount of nutrients and sediments that can enter the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to setting these limits, known as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), EPA required the Bay states to developed statewide "Phase I" WIPs. The Phase I WIP allocates the allowable load among different sources and identifies statewide strategies for reducing nutrients and sediments that impair the Chesapeake Bay." (Source: "Development Support for the Chesapeake Bay Phase II WIP," Maryland Department of the Environment website)
For more information on Maryland's WIP, visit the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) website:http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Water/TMDL/TMDLImplementation/Pages/PhaseIIBayWIPDev.aspx
For more information on Maryland's efforts to restore the Bay, visit Maryland's Smart, Green & Growing web for Restoring the Bay:http://green.maryland.gov/thebay-html/
For more information on the federal and state partnership to restore the Bay, visit the Chesapeake Bay Program's website:http://www.chesapeakebay.net/
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