Maryland's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)

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What Happens Next?

NEW!!!How Maryland will address additional nitrogen loads attributable to 2025 climate conditions
A 2022 Addendum to Maryland’s Phase III WIP accounts for additional nutrient pollutant loads due to 2025 climate change conditions. An Appendix to the Addend​um describes recent climate change related legislation, research, and incentives that are important to achieving Maryland’s broader climate mitigation and adaptation goals.
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. 

​​Mary​land's P​hase III Watershed Implementation Plan

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Executive Summary

Chapter I. Introduction

Chapter II. Programmatic and Numeric Implementation Between 2018 and 2025
Chapter III. Comprehensive Local, Regional, and Federal Engagement Strategies and Commitments
Chapter IV. Adjustments to the Phase III WIP State-Basing Targets and the Phase II WIP Source Sector Goals
Chapter V. Development and Implement​ation of Local Planning goals
Chapter VI. Accounting for Growth
Chapter VII. Maryland's Holistic Approach to Addressing Conowingo Dam's Pollution Impacts
Chapter VIII. Climate Change
Chapter IX. Reasonable Assurance and Accountability Framework
Chapter X. Conclusion


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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