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Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP): Development
Maryland's Phase III WIP Builds on Past Success
Maryland’s Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) will
build on previous statewide and local efforts
. Local goals, statewide policies, and robust engagement are essential to success, now and in the future.
Maryland’s Phase II WIP
, completed in 2012, counties and conservation districts
submitted detailed plans
to Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). Since then, Maryland has been working to implement State and local plans. MDE has been working closely with local jurisdictions on new stormwater permits and reporting requirements. Upgrades to major wastewater treatment plants are nearly completed and upgrades of priority minor plants have begun. The Phase III WIP will continue to highlight regulated and State-funded activities to maintain implementation progress and incorporate lessons learned.
Regional Phase III WIP Workshops
Maryland Department of the Environment, in conjunction with the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, conducted five spring and six fall regional Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) workshops for Maryland's Phase III WIP. These workshops were held throughout Maryland and served to inform participants about the Phase III WIP process and obtain feedback from MDE's valued local partners.
Below, you can access presentations and other meeting information on the Hughes Center website:
Phase III WIP Regional Workshops: Spring 2018
Phase III WIP Regional Workshops: Fall 2018
Schedule and Local Involvement in Phase III WIP Development
MDE reviewed Maryland’s draft planning targets for the State's major river basins. These new planning targets were set based on refinements made to the most recent version of the Bay watershed model, which uses the most up-to-date land use, land cover, and monitoring data available. The improved modeling tools were used to estimate where the State is with respect to statewide and basin-level 2025 WIP goals. These analyses determined what pollution gaps remain; a necessary step before local goals could be refined.
MDE and other State partners held five regional Phase III WIP meetings to inform and receive feedback from stakeholders. The agenda featured progress, funding, and lessons learned, along with opportunities to ask questions and give opinions on the proposed Phase III WIP approach.
MDE provided webinars with more detail on topics of interest to stakeholders.
In preparing Maryland’s Draft Phase III WIP, MDE and MDA worked with all stakeholders to build local goals into the State plan and refine, adapt, and adjust local plans. MDE colaborated with local governments and MDA worked with conservation districts to ensure that the most up-to-date local information is included in the statewide scenario.
MDE and other State partners held additional regional Phase III WIP meetings to provide localized information to stakeholders.
Draft State WIPs will be submitted to the EPA and posted online for public comment.
April - May 2019
MDE will host several regional meetings and a webinar to guide participants through the commenting process for the draft Phase III WIP.
Final State WIPs will be completed. The Phase III WIP will synthesize information from multiple sources into a single scenario that demonstrates achievement of Maryland’s water quality standards and statewide load reduction targets for 2025.
Ideas and input are always welcome. Please contact us if you have questions, need additional information, or have feedback on the proposed approach for developing Maryland's Phase III WIP.
Please direct questions or comments to
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230