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District of Columbia Chesapeake Bay Program

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Overview

The Chesapeake Bay Program is a unique regional partnership formed in 1983 to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The District of Columbia has been a partner since its inception, and other partners include the states of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), representing the federal government; the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative body; and participating advisory groups. The partners have committed to work together through a series of Chesapeake Agreements. The 2014 Chesapeake Watershed Agreement includes 10 goals to advance a vision of clean water, abundant life, conserved lands, public access to water, a vibrant cultural heritage, and a diversity of engaged citizens and stakeholders.

The District Department of Energy & Environment is the D.C. agency responsible for carrying out program activities related to the Chesapeake Bay. We do this by focusing primarily on our own Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek—all of which drain into the Chesapeake Bay.

Pollution Diet

In 2010, EPA issued the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (Bay TMDL), a 'pollution diet' limiting the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment that can come from each state and the District to the Chesapeake Bay.  The foundation of the Bay TMDL is an accountability framework that includes:

  • Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) detailing how the District and states will achieve their pollution limits;
  • Two-Year Milestones that break the longterm WIPs into short-term actions;
  • EPA Oversight of WIP and milestone development and implementation; and
  • Verification to ensure reported steps to reduce pollution are in place.

For more information Contact: [email protected] | (202)574-7606.

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