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 (1/17/2014)

 

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

Enhanced Erosion and Sediment Controls

Existing

07/12

APPROVED (4/14/2014)

 

Urban:
Neely Law (CO)

Urban Filter Strip/Stream Buffer Upgrade Expert Panel

New

02/13

APPROVED (6/9/2014)

 

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

Advanced Onsite Systems

New

01/12

APPROVED (7/14/14)

 

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

Poultry Litter

N/A (Model Data)

05/11

Subcommittee has collected data from multiple states and drafted a report.

PLS will work with Agriculture Modeling Subcommittee to develop modeling recommendations to translate poultry litter data in to the Phase 6.0 model.

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

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

Tier 1

Three existing and one interim

12/11

A joint call of the AgWG, WTWG, and WQGIT was conducted on 11/21 to discuss comments on the Tier II nutrient management BMP panel report.

The Chairs of the AgWG, WTWG, and WQGIT are working with the expert panel to address comments. A revised report is expected for another round of review in the late December timeframe.

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

Traditional and Commodity Cover Crops

Existing

02/11

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

02/12

Efficiency recommendations for phosphorus and nitrogen 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.

Forestry:
Sally Claggett (CO)

Urban Tree Planting/Expanded Tree Canopy

New

TBD

The deadline for proposals in response to the RFP was November 20, 2014. No proposals were received.

CBW-ROC will modify the RFP and actively seek proposals in the December timeframe.

Forestry:
Sally Claggett (CO)

Riparian Forest Buffers

Existing

03/12

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

 

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

Nutrient Discharges from Grey Infrastructure

New

07/12

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

 

Urban:
Sadie Drescher (CO)

Urban Shoreline Erosion Control Practices (Shoreline Management)

Existing

01/13

The WTWG approved the report and technical appendix on 12/4/14.

The panel report will be reviewed by the WQGIT in January 2015.

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

Floating Wetlands

New

9/13

Panel is developing recommendations.

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

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

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

Existing

9/13

Panel used the WinSLAMM model to determine sediment loads and nutrient content of sediment.

Panel will begin drafting and refining its recommendations over the coming months.

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

Algal Flow-way Technologies

Existing

03/13

The panel has finalized their recommendations.

The panel report is undergoing final edits and will be reviewed by the WTWG at an upcoming meeting.

Wastewater
Ning Zhou (CO)

Advanced Onsite Systems, Part 2 (broader view)

New

06/14

The panel is reviewing literature of the onsite system nutrient attenuation process and has drafted an outline of their report.

The panel will work to complete their literature review and begin drafting their report by February 2015.

Agriculture

Manure Treatment Technologies

New

12/14

The AgWG approved the panel membership and charge during their 11/13/14 meeting.

The stakeholder forum for the panel has been scheduled for 12/15/14.

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

 

 

Habitat GIT

 

Wetlands New 9/14 The stakeholder forum was held on 11/21/14. The panel will continue its ongoing literature review process.

*  Last updated December 15, 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.

 

Status of BMP Expert Panels of the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership (December 2014)

Workgroup
Completed
In Progress
Upcoming

Agriculture

5

3

8

Forestry

1

1

0

Habitat GIT

0

1

0

Urban Stormwater

7

3

5

Wastewater

1

1

0

Watershed Technical

0

1

0

Other

0

0

1

TOTAL

14

10

14