States, district submit strategies to EPA
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The EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program Office received final Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia by the March 30 deadline. The EPA has received New York's draft Phase II WIP and provided comments, but a final was not publicly available by mid-April.
These plans were developed by the states and the district in coordination with their county, municipal and other partners. Each WIP identifies how that jurisdiction will achieve 60 percent
of the nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reductions required by the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load by 2017.
EPA officials said they would spend several weeks conducting a detailed review of the each WIP to ensure the viability of its commitments. In the meantime, the Phase II WIP submissions will be available online at
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