Maryland's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)

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 What Happens Next?

Maryland's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), published on August 23, 2019, is designed to be locally-driven, achievable, and balanced. Nitrogen is the primary focus in the plan because Maryland is well on track to meet its 2025 phosphorus and sediment goals.

Implementation of the Phase III WIP strategy by local partners is imperative to Maryland achieving its Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals. This implementation is guided by an adaptive management process that incorporates the latest knowledge and builds on lessons learned. 

Learn more about what happens next for WIP implementation​.



Maryland's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP): FINAL

Below, you can find the finalized Maryland's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan to Restore Chesapeake Bay by 2025 in PDF format. To download, please click the desired link. You have the option to download the entire report or specific sections of the report. 

Maryland's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan

Download Full Phase III WIP Report

Executive Summary

Main Report

Appendix A: Comprehensive Local, Regional and Federal Engagement Strategies and Commitments

Appendix B: Source Sector Reports
Appendix C: Local Area Sector Goals
Appendix D: Conservation Plus (Land Policy BMPs) and Protection
Appendix E: Department of Defense: Maryland Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan
Appendix F: ​ Development of State-Basin Targets, County-wide Sector Goals and Impaired Bay Segment Targeting
Appendix G: Phase III WIP Air Deposition Strategy

Document Information
  • Draft Phase III WIP Posted: April 12, 2019

  • Public Comment: April 12 - June 7, 2019

  • Final Phase III WIP Posted: August 23, 2019​​


Supplemental Documents

The following documents provide information that is intended to support and add to the material found in Maryland's Phase III WIP. 


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