Chesapeake TMDL- CCW conference

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Chesapeake TMDL- CCW conference

  1. 1. THE CHESAPEAKE BAY TMDL: Restoring Local Waters and the Chesapeake Bay Choose Clean Water Conference Washington, DC January 11, 2010 Bob Koroncai U.S. EPA Region III
  2. 2. The Chesapeake Bay TMDL <ul><li>The largest TMDL in the country </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from lessons of the past </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bay Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Long term goals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and commitment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TMDL Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Point source implementation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Chesapeake Bay TMDL <ul><li>The largest TMDL in the country </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from lessons of the past </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bay Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Long term goals + short term goals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and commitment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TMDL Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Point source implementation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Chesapeake Bay TMDL <ul><li>The largest TMDL in the country </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from lessons of the past </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bay Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Long term goals + short term goals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and commitment + accountability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TMDL Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Point source implementation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Chesapeake Bay TMDL <ul><li>The largest TMDL in the country </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from lessons of the past </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bay Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Long term goals + short term goals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and commitment + accountability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TMDL Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Point source implementation + non-point source implementation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Chesapeake Bay TMDL </li></ul><ul><li>All 6 states and the District of Columbia are covered. </li></ul><ul><li>Caps on nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment </li></ul><ul><li>Caps on point sources and non point source sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Draft TMDL August 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Round 2 of public meetings Aug – October, 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final TMDL December 2010 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Bay TMDL Development Process What total loading for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment can the Bay assimilate? What is an equitable distribution of the watershed-wide loadings to the states/basins? How should the state/basin load be sub-allocated to: individual point sources, non- point source sectors, and sub-watersheds or counties? WIP
  8. 8. <ul><li>The Chesapeake Bay </li></ul><ul><li>Performance and Accountability System </li></ul>
  9. 9. Reasonable assurance <ul><li>In establishing a TMDL, EPA determines whether there is ‘reasonable assurance’ that the load reductions, particularly for non-point sources, will be achieved and water quality standards will be attained. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Mandatory Pollution Diet at Work Develop Watershed Implementation Plans (EPA letter 11/4/09) Establish Bay TMDL: Employ Federal Actions or Consequences (EPA letter 12/29/09) Set 2-Year Milestones Monitor Progress
  11. 11. Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) <ul><li>EPA ‘expectations’ letter sent 11/4/09 </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 1: 60% reductions achieved by 2017 </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 2: All controls in place no later than 2025 </li></ul><ul><li>State lead on developing WIP’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase I WIP by 11/2010 (Focus on 2010-2017) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase II WIP by 11/2011 (Add county/local watershed target loads and identify controls) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase III WIP by 2017 (Focus on 2017-2025) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Watershed Implementation Plans <ul><li>Include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual PS target loads and aggregate target loads for NPS sectors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule for load reductions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategy and schedule to fill program gaps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitments to install needed controls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accounting for growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tracking and reporting protocol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contingencies for Failed or Delayed Implementation </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Example: Projected Nitrogen Delivery from Major Basin in Each Jurisdiction by Source Sector <ul><li>Also divide jurisdiction load by 303(d) segment drainage area and, by November 2011, local area </li></ul><ul><li>Attain jurisdiction-wide load reductions by the interim target, or justify why can still meet final target </li></ul><ul><li>Jurisdiction would determine desired 2-year schedule to meet interim and final target loads </li></ul><ul><li>EPA first evaluates milestones based on consistency with jurisdiction target load. EPA accepts shifts among source sectors, basins, segment drainages, and local areas if jurisdiction target load is met and local and Bay water quality goals are achieved </li></ul>Propose increased budget to legislature Increased program budget Increased controls Propose new legislative authorities Rulemaking Implement regulatory controls Examples of Some Planned Controls Load Reduction Schedule Interim Targets Final Targets 35 26 20 Stage 1 Implementation Stage 2 Implementation Milestones for Assessing Progress
  14. 14. Federal Consequences <ul><li>Letter from EPA to states on December 29, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Outlines EPA actions for state failure to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>submit WIPs consistent with 11/4/09 letter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>submit 2-year milestones consistent with 11/4/09 letter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>achieve 2 year milestone target loads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop NPDES permits consistent with allocations in the TMDL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop mechanisms to ensure that NPS reductions are achieved </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Federal Consequences Include… <ul><li>Expand NPDES permit coverage to unregulated sources </li></ul><ul><li>Increase permit oversight/object to permits </li></ul><ul><li>Require net improvement offsets </li></ul><ul><li>Establish finer scale allocations </li></ul><ul><li>Require additional reductions from PS’s </li></ul><ul><li>Increased federal enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Condition or redirect federal grants </li></ul><ul><li>Promulgation of local nutrient standards </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Bay TMDL and Performance and Accountability System will.. <ul><li>…Learn from lessons of the past </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bay Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Long term goals + short term goals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and commitment + accountability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TMDL Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Point source implementation + non-point source implementation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>“ Accountability breeds response-ability” </li></ul>-Steven Covey, Author on personal effectiveness
  18. 18. Further Information <ul><li>Chesapeake Bay TMDL web site </li></ul><ul><li>www.epa.gov/chesapeakebaytmdl </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. EPA Region 3 Contacts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Water Protection Division </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bob Koroncai </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>215-814-5730; koroncai.robert@epa.gov </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jennifer Sincock (sincock.jennifer@epa.gov) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chesapeake Bay Program Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rich Batiuk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>410-267-5731; batiuk.richard@epa.gov </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Katherine Antos (antos.katherine@epa.gov) </li></ul></ul></ul>

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