Local Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP)/Chesapeake Bay (TMDL)

The goal of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL is to achieve reductions, within a specific time frame, in nutrient and sediment loads entering the Bay.  The load limits are known as Total Maximum Daily Load TMDL.

In 2010 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established load limits for three major pollutants to the Chesapeake Bay's waters.  These limits estimate the amount of each substance the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries can receive and still meet standards for clean, healthy water. 

State jurisdictions have created individual Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) that detail specific actions to be taken to meet pollution reduction goals by 2025.  Two year pollution reduction milestones have also been set to track and assess near-term progress towards completing restoration goals.

WIP milestones reflect near-term commitments to restore the Chesapeake Bay and our local rivers, lakes and streams.  For each two year milestone period, Talbot County has submitted MDE reports identifying watershed implementation goals they will strive to meet.  Talbot County's most recent milestones achievements and goals report are provided here:

2014 - 2015 Milestone Achievements
2016 - 2017 Milestone Goals

Following is a series of informational links that will enable you to follow the progress of the TMDL program statewide:

Agriculture and WIP Targets

MDE Watershed Implementation Plan Websites:

United States Environmental Protection Agency Bay TMDL

WIP Targets Fact Sheet

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