Water Quality

In addition to the Overview information provided for Water Quality, the Agriculture and Wastewater Workgroups have described their priorities and progress in the tabs below. Other important work is being conducted by the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership to restore water quality by implementing pollution reduction practices on urban and suburban lands and reducing pollution deposited in the watershed from the air. Additional information on these efforts will be included over time. Progress in implementing the Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and in achieving milestones set at the 2009 Executive Council Meeting is also described below.

Best Management Practice Review

The Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to achieve the goals set forth in the 2010 TMDL. Through the Protocol for Development, Review and Approval of Loading and Effectiveness Estimates for Nutrient and Sediment Controls, newer practices and technologies are considered and evaluated for inclusion in the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership modeling tools. Existing practices are re-evaluated to ensure they reflect the best available scientific data and information. Below is a table depicting the BMPs identified for review and the status of those reviews.

Additionally, information is now available on receiving nutrient reduction credit for verifiable homeowner BMPs in Chesapeake Bay Program partnership modeling tools.

Best Management Practice (BMP) Expert Panels Approved, Underway, or Planned*

Workgroup:
Panel Chair (CH) Coordinator (CO)
BMP BMP Status (new/ existing/ interim) Panel Start Date (Mo/Yr) Panel Status** Next Steps***

Agriculture:
John Rhoderick (CH)
Mark Dubin (CO)

Poultry Litter

N/A (Model Data)

05/2011

Subcommittee has collected data from multiple states and drafted a report. The Subcommittee and the Agricultural Modeling Subcommittee (AMS) are jointly developing the modeling recommendations to translate poultry litter data into the Phase 6.0 model.

The PLS and the AMS have finalized their recommendations, the Agriculture Workgroup will review them on March 18-19, 2015.

Agriculture:
Chris Brosch (CH)
Mark Dubin (CO)

Nutrient Application Management (Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3)

Tier 1

Three existing and one interim

12/2011

The leadership of the AgWG, WTWG, and WQGIT decided that the current panel would focus on recommendations for Phase 5.3.2 and a new panel will be convened to develop recommendations for Phase 6.0 of the Watershed model.

The Nutrient Management Panel continues to meet weekly in February to refine their Phase 5.3.2 recommendations, which will be submitted to the Agriculture Workgroup in April 2015.

Agriculture:
Jack Meisinger (CH)
Mark Dubin (CO)

Traditional and Commodity Cover Crops

Existing

02/2011

Efficiency recommendations for phosphorus and sediment in the Phase 5.3.2 model were approved by the WQGIT on 11/10/14.

A panel will develop efficiency recommendations for the Phase 6 Watershed Model.

Agriculture:
Wade Thomason (CH)
Mark Dubin (CO)

Conservation Tillage and Continuous No-Till

Existing

02/2012

A subgroup under the AgWG has submitted a panel charge and panel member expertise to the AgWG for approval.

A panel will develop efficiency recommendations for the Phase 6 Watershed Model.

Agriculture:
Jeremy Hanson (CO)

Manure Treatment Technologies

New

12/2014

The expert panel is compiling literature and other resources.

The panel will review the compiled literature and resources and begin to outline their early draft recommendations.

Agriculture

Phase 6 Nutrient Management

New

04/2015

A subgroup has been formed under the AgWG to develop a specific charge, scope, and proposed membership list for the expert panel.

Based on the subgroup's recommendation, a panel is expected to be convened in April 2015.

Agriculture

Phase 6 Cover Crops

New

04/2015

A subgroup under the AgWG has submitted a panel charge and panel member expertise to the AgWG for approval.

Based on the subgroup's recommendation, a panel is expected to be convened in April 2015.

Agriculture

Phase 6 Conservation Tillage

New

04/2015

A subgroup under the AgWG has submitted a panel charge and panel member expertise to the AgWG for approval.

Based on the subgroup's recommendation, a panel is expected to be convened in April 2015.

Agriculture

Animal Waste Storage Facilities / Poultry Heavy Use Area Concrete Pads

Existing

05/2015

The subgroup formed under the AgWG to develop a specific charge and scope for the expert panel has delivered its report to the AgWG. An RFP will be released to solicit proposals to convene this panel based on the scope developed by the subgroup.

Approval of subgroup's recommended charge and scope by the AgWG. Followed by release of RFP and solicitation of proposals. Proposals will be evaluated by the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Research and Outreach Collaborative (CBW-ROC).

Agriculture

Cropland Irrigation Management

New

05/2015

A subgroup has been formed under the AgWG to develop a specific charge, scope, and proposed membership list for the expert panel.

Based on the subgroup's recommendation, a panel is expected to be convened in May 2015.

Agriculture

Structures / Nursery and Greenhouse Runoff Capture and Reuse

New

05/2015

A subgroup has been formed under the AgWG to develop a specific charge, scope, and proposed membership list for the expert panel.

Based on the subgroup's recommendation, a panel is expected to be convened in May 2015.

Agriculture

Manure Injection/Incorporation

New

TBD

A subgroup under the AgWG has submitted a panel charge and panel member expertise to the AgWG for approval.

Based on the subgroup's recommendation, a panel is expected to be convened in April 2015.

Agriculture

Cropland Drainage Phosphorus-sorbing materials

New

TBD

 

 

Agriculture

Heavy Use Pads (including poultry, concrete end, and litter load out)

New

TBD

 

 

Agriculture

Sink-Hole Grassed Buffers

New

TBD

 

 

Agriculture

Vegetative Environmental Buffers (including wind breaks/plantings)

New

TBD

 

 

Forestry:
Sally Claggett (CO)

Riparian Forest Buffers

Existing

03/2012

The panel report was approved by the WQGIT on 11/10/14.

 

Forestry:
Jeremy Hanson (CO)

Urban Tree Planting/Expanded Tree Canopy

New

03/2015

The proposal submitted by the Center for Watershed Protection was selected for funding. The Forestry Workgroup confirmed the final panel membership in February 2015 and the panel will convene for its first call in March 2015.

The panel will work to schedule its open session in the Spring to solicit input from CBP partners and stakeholders.

Forestry

Forest Management

New

TBD

 

 

Habitat GIT:
Neely Law (CO)
Jennifer Greiner (CO)

Wetlands

New

 

10/2014

Current panel efforts are focused on defining wetland land use and loading rates.

The next meeting is TBD.

Oyster Recovery Partnership
Ward Slacum

Oyster Restoration/Aquaculture

New

 

12/2014

The Oyster Recovery Partnership is currently reviewing available literature to determine if there is enough scientific data to support convening a BMP expert panel.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership will present their recommendations to the WQGIT, the Fisheries GIT and Habitat GIT on April 13th.

Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)

New State Stormwater Performance Standards

New

10/2011

APPROVED (10/9/2012)

 

Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)

Urban Stormwater Retrofits

New

10/2011

APPROVED (10/9/2012)

 

Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)

Urban Nutrient Management

Existing

12/2011

APPROVED (3/11/2013)

 
Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)
Bill Stack (CO)

Urban Stream Restoration

Existing

12/2011

APPROVED (1/17/2014)

 

Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)
Jeremy Hanson (CO)

Enhanced Erosion and Sediment Controls

Existing

07/2012

APPROVED (4/14/2014)

 

Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)
Cecilia Lane (CO)

Nutrient Discharges from Grey Infrastructure

New

07/2012

The panel report was approved by the WQGIT on 11/10/14.

 

Urban Stormwater:
Bill Stack (CO)

Urban Shoreline Erosion Control Practices (Shoreline Management)

Existing

01/2013

A revised report and technical appendix is under review by the WTWG.

The Panel Coordinator is currently addressing comments received by the partnership and a revised version will be reviewed by the WQGIT during their April 13th meeting.

Urban Stormwater:
Neely Law (CO)

Urban Filter Strip/Stream Buffer Upgrade Expert Panel

New

02/2013

APPROVED (6/9/2014)

 

Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)
Cecilia Lane (CO)

Floating Wetlands

New

09/2013

Panel is developing recommendations.

Panel will meet in early 2015 to continue developing their report.

Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)
Jeremy Hanson (CO)

Street Sweeping (including catch-basin clean outs and bulk sediment removal)

Existing

09/2013

Panel used the WinSLAMM model to determine sediment loads and nutrient content of sediment. The panel is currently drafting and refining its recommendations.

Panel will strive to finalize its recommendations for release to the partnership in Spring 2015.

Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)

New Bioretention designs with enhanced nutrient reduction features

New

 

2015

TBD

TBD

Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)

Impervious Disconnection

New

04/2015

Working to finalize RFP to solicit proposals to convene this expert panel. RFP expected to be released in February 2015.

Release of RFP and solicitation of proposals. Proposals will be evaluated by the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Research and Outreach Collaborative (CBW-ROC).

Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)

MS4 Minimum Management Measures

New

TBD

Tetra Tech is currently conducting a "threshold" literature review to determine if there is sufficient scientific data and monitoring results available for the practice to justify launching an expert panel.

Tetra Tech will produce a short technical memo that summarizes the literature and make a recommendation to the Urban Stormwater Workgroup for whether it is sufficient to launch an expert panel in April 2015.

Urban Stormwater:
Tom Schueler (CO)

Outfall Stabilization

New

TBD

Tetra Tech is currently conducting a "threshold" literature review to determine if there is sufficient scientific data and monitoring results available for the practice to justify launching an expert panel.

Tetra Tech will produce a short technical memo that summarizes the literature and make a recommendation to the Urban Stormwater Workgroup for whether it is sufficient to launch an expert panel in April 2015.

Wastewater:
Mark Sievers (CO)
Ning Zhou (CO)

Advanced Onsite Systems

New

01/2012

APPROVED (7/14/14)

 

Wastewater:
Ning Zhou (CO)
Dave Lindbo (CO)

Advanced Onsite Systems, Part 2 (broader view)

New

06/2014

The panel is identifying key "attenuation system characteristics" that could impact nutrient attenuation rates within the Bay watershed and has begun the literature review process to develop revised nutrient reduction efficiency factors based upon those representative systems.

The panel will meet on March 23rd to continue discussing representative attenuation "systems" found in the Bay watershed, which they will use to further refine their literature review.

Wastewater:
Ning Zhou

Peat Treatment System

New

 

04/2015

A panel will be convened to determine if a generic class can be established that would encompass a range of peat treatment system technologies.

A technical directive to task Tetra Tech to coordinate and convene this expert panel is currently under development.

Wastewater:
Ning Zhou

Shallow Placed, Pressure Dispersal

New

 

04/2015

A panel will be convened to determine if a higher nitrogen reduction efficiency can be assigned to the existing Shallow Paced, Pressure Dispersal BMP.

A technical directive to task Tetra Tech to coordinate and convene this expert panel is currently under development.

Watershed Technical:
Sarah Lane (CO)
Matt Johnston (CO)

Algal Flow-Way Technologies

Existing

03/2013

Recommendations have been finalized. Panel report is undergoing final edits.

The panel report and technical appendix will be reviewed by WTWG at their April 2nd meeting.

*  Last updated March 18, 2015

**  The order of BMPs listed in the table may not reflect the launch order of future panels, which is decided by the respective sector workgroup.

***  BMP Panels' next steps and expected report dates are subject to change.

 

Each sector workgroup has identified a number of BMPs to review through the BMP Review Protocol. More detail on the practices identified by the Agriculture Workgroup can be found in the Strategies and Performance Assessment sections of the Agriculture Workgroup.

 

Status of BMP Expert Panels of the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership (March 2015)

Workgroup
Completed
In Progress
Upcoming

Agriculture

7

3

7

Forestry

1

1

0

Habitat GIT

0

1

0

Urban Stormwater

7

3

4

Wastewater

1

1

2

Watershed Technical

0

1

0

Other

0

0

1

TOTAL

16

10

14