Monday, June 18, 2012

Episode 115 (June 18, 2012): Chesapeake Bay TMDL Watershed Implementation Plan Phase II

Please see below (after the transcript and show notes) for links to news and upcoming events.


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of June 18, 2012.

This week, we focus on the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, clean-up plan.  Established in December 2010 by the U.S. EPA, the Bay TMDL seeks to reduce the nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment that flow into the Bay and cause a range of water-quality and habitat problems.  The Bay TMDL requires states to submit Watershed Implementation Plans, or WIPs.  The so-called “Phase II WIP” focuses on what localities will do to help meet statewide goals.  After Virginia’s submission of its Phase II WIP on March 30, 2012, the Commonwealth held a series of public meetings on the document.  The following five-minute excerpt is from a presentation at the May 30 meeting in Covington, by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s James Davis-Martin, describing what happens next in the Bay TMDL process.  Please note that the word “model” refers the EPA’s computer program used to predict how land use actions affect pollution reaching the Bay, and “federal backstops” refers to potential actions by EPA if states don’t meet their Bay TMDL goals.

Davis-Martin Excerpt (4:34).

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Acknowledgments and Sources: This episode’s comments by James Davis-Martin of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) were recorded by Virginia Water Radio in Covington, Va., on May 30, 2012, and used with permission of the speaker.  The comments were excerpted from Mr. Martin’s “Next Steps” presentation during the May 30 meeting (full comments were about 14 minutes).  A copy of Mr. Martins’ slide presentation at the DCR’s Bay TMDL Phase II WIP public meetings is available at the DCR’s Chesapeake Bay TMDL Web site,  The U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay TDML Web site is  

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