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***

Urban:
Tom Schueler (CO)

New State Stormwater Performance Standards

New

10/11

APPROVED (10/9/2012)

 

Urban:
Tom Schueler (CO)

Urban Stormwater Retrofits

New

10/11

APPROVED (10/9/2012)

 

Urban:
Tom Schueler (CO)

Urban Nutrient Management

Existing

12/11

APPROVED (3/11/2013)

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

Urban Stream Restoration

Existing 12/11 APPROVED (5/13/2013)  

Agriculture:
Jim Glancey (CH)
Mark Dubin (CO)

Poultry Litter

N/A (Model Data)

05/11

Panel membership chosen and developing volumetric database for historic and present poultry litter production.

Full panel recommendations to Agriculture Workgroup (AgWG) in Spring-Summer 2014.

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

Agricultural Nutrient Management, Precision/Decision Agriculture, and Enhanced Nutrient Management

Three existing and one interim

12/11

Short-term recommendations for Phase 5.3.2 Watershed Model (WSM) APPROVED by WQGIT, 10/15/2013.

Full panel recommendations to AgWG in 2014.

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

Traditional and Commodity Cover Crops

Existing

02/11

Short-term recommendations for Phase 5.3.2 WSM APPROVED by WQGIT, 10/15/2013.

Full panel recommendations to AgWG in 2014.

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

Conservation Tillage and Continuous No-Till

Existing

02/12

Short-term recommendations for Phase 5.3.2 WSM APPROVED by WQGIT, 10/15/2013.

Full panel recommendations to AgWG in 2014.

Forestry:
Sally Claggett (CO)

Urban Tree Planting/Expanded Tree Canopy

Existing

03/12

Developing recommendations.

Recommendations to Forestry Workgroup in 2014.

Forestry:
Sally Claggett (CO)

Riparian Forest Buffers

Existing

03/12

Developing recommendations.

Recommendations to Forestry Workgroup in 2014.

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

Enhanced Erosion and Sediment Controls

Existing

07/12

Recommendations approved by Urban Stormwater Workgroup (USWG) on 1/21/2014.

Up for WTWG approval.

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

Illicit Discharge Elimination

New

07/12

Developing recommendations.

Recommendations to USWG in Spring-Summer 2014.

Urban:
Sadie Drescher (CO)

Urban Shoreline Erosion Control Practice

New

01/13

Developing recommendations.

Recommendations to USWG in early 2014.

Urban:
Neely Law (CO)

Urban Filter Strip/Stream Buffer Upgrade Expert Panel

New

02/13

Recommendations presented to USWG, 2/18/2014

Up for USWG approval.

Urban

Floating Wetlands

New

9/13

Literature review complete.

Recommendations to USWG in 2014.

Urban

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

Existing

9/13

Literature review complete.

Recommendations to USWG in 2014.

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

Advanced Onsite Systems

New

01/12

Approved by WWTWG, 11/05/2013.

Up for WTWG and WQGIT approval early 2014.

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

Algal Turf Scrubbers

New

03/13

Panel developing recommendations.

Recommendations to WTWG in 2014.

Agriculture

Manure Treatment Technologies

New

TBD

 

Panel will launch after Poultry Litter Data is complete.

Agriculture

Animal Waste Storage Systems

Existing

TBD

 

 

Agriculture

Manure Injection/Incorporation

New

TBD

 

 

Agriculture

Cropland Irrigation Management

New

TBD

 

 

Agriculture

Agricultural Stormwater Management (including Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) production area structures)

New

TBD

 

 

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

Forest Management

New

TBD

 

 

Urban

Impervious Disconnect

New

TBD

 

 

Urban

MS4 Minimum Management Measures

New

TBD

 

 

Wastewater

Advanced Onsite Systems, Part 2 (broader view)

New

TBD

 

 

*  Last updated February 24, 2014

**  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.

 

Note: If at any point in this process a proposed practice does not fully address the requirements set forth by the protocol, it may be returned to the associated panel, sector workgroup, and/or technical workgroups. The Water Quality Goal Implementation Team may elect to work directly with the responsible sector workgroup to meet the protocol requirements for proposed practices, as well as to initiate specific practice evaluations. This process is further detailed in the Protocol for the Development, Review and Approval of Loading and Effectiveness Estimates for Nutrient and Sediment Controls in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model.