Monday, August 16, 2010

Suspended Solids Limits In Runoff To Chesapeake Bay

EPA has announced plans to issue draft sediment limits as the next step in establishing the Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The six States within the Bay watershed are expected to use sediment limits, along with those previously issued for nitrogen and phosphorus, as the basis for completing their WIPs This plans would also detail how States will further divide these limits among pollution sources, and what best management practices and stormwater controls will be implemented to meet water quality standards.

The first drafts of the State WIPs are due to EPA by September 1. On September 24, EPA plans to issue a draft TMDL and open a 45-day public comment period, including 18 public meetings. The final WIPs are due November 29, and EPA will establish the final Bay TMDL by December 31.

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