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Presentation given May 16, 2011 by Asst. Secretary of Natural Resources Anthony Moore to GWRC Board of Directors.
In the above presentation, Asst. Secretary Moore discussed the State’s Watershed Implementation Plan process to comply with the federal Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The State has asked all 16 PDCs in the Chesapeake Bay watershed (including GWRC) to consider assisting the Va. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation by supporting “Community Conservation Information (CCI)” review by local governments and SWCDs of input data (i.e. land cover and installed Best Management Practices) and the preliminary local Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocations from the Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Model developed by the US EPA and other federal agencies. A meeting was held on May 17th with local storm water management program staff, environmental planners, representatives of the Hanover-Caroline SWCD and Tri-County/City SWCD, the Rappahannock River Basin Commission and the Friends of the Rappahannock to hear a presentation by DCR staff and discuss the merits of regional coordination of the WIP/TMDL data review process. The group consensus was that regional facilitation of the review had merit, but the selection of implementation measures and investments should be developed locally.
DCR staff have indicated that revised Chesapeake Bay Water Quality model results are anticipated in late June 2011 that will reflect enhancements to the model and the resulting revised TMDL allocation data will be distributed to local governments, SWCDs and PDCs. The State is developing also an on-line tool to facilitate the sensitivity testing of the effect of changing the inventory and mix of BMPs that exist in each community to help communities prioritize where to place implementation program emphasis based on the pollution reduction goals they are assigned in the WIP process.