Virginia's Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)
On October 2, 2013, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors authorized the Chairman of the Board to send the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation a letter that generally describes the county’s Phase II WIP work plan, significant findings of the work plan process, and the support needed from the state of Virginia and the federal government. The item prepared for the meeting, which includes the letter as Attachment 1, is online:
Also, the Board directed staff to implement the Phase II WIP Stakeholder Committee recommendations as presented in the October 2, 2013 staff report, to the greatest extent possible using existing resources. The item prepared for the meeting which includes the recommendations, is online:
Other related documents, including the September 2013 Transportation and Land Use Committee WIP Items and the Final Technical Advisory Committee and Final Stakeholders Committee Reports are online on the WIP documents page.
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The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is a "pollution diet" established in December 2010 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is intended to limit the amount of phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment entering the Bay from its watershed. Each state with waters draining into the Bay is required to submit a Watershed Implementation Plan which proposes how these pollution reduction goals will be met.
The Virginia Phase I WIP,
submitted in 2010, identified general strategies in each of several sectors (agriculture, urban stormwater, wastewater, and septic systems) for reducing pollution to the prescribed levels. The Virginia Phase II WIP
, submitted in March 2012, provides more specific information that facilitates actions by local partners to control nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment to achieve the pollution reduction goals as well as milestones that will be used to gauge progress and guide plan changes.
As part of the Phase II WIP, Virginia has asked all Bay jurisdictions, including Loudoun County, to develop scenarios and strategies that will help the state meet its required reduction goals.
Loudoun County has established a Community Outreach Work Plan
in an effort to find the most reasonable and cost effective strategies for meeting the requirements of the WIP.
For More Information
Contact Alan Brewer, Loudoun County Environmental Program and Policy Administrator, 571-258-3444 or