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Two-Year Milestones - Region III and the Chesapeake Bay Program

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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In 2008 the Chesapeake Executive Council (DC Mayor and Governors) charged the seven Bay jurisdictions to develop a two-year milestone process for reducing their respective nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment contributions to the Chesapeake Bay and to track the pace of those reductions. Two-year milestones provide short-term objectives and have become part meeting the terms of the overall Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) accountability framework established in 2010 to assess progress on Bay restoration goals. Currently being implemented, seven Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) ensure that practices are in place by 2017 to reduce the Bay loadings by 60 percent. By 2025, all practices necessary to help clean up and better restore the Bay will be in place. The two-year milestones allow jurisdictions the opportunity to adapt implementation strategies (as outlined in their WIPs) to meet those goals and ultimately achieve applicable water quality standards and restore the Bay.  Below are links to the milestones from 2009-2013. The 2014-2015 milestone progress will be posted here by the end of 2015.