Choose Clean Water – Chesapeake Bay Restoration Conference January 11, 2010 TMDLs in Virginia   by Jack E. Frye Soil & Wat...
VA TMDL Success <ul><li>We have had success…….. </li></ul><ul><li>1,700 impairments  (bacteria, benthic, toxics, nutrient)...
VA TMDL Lessons Learned <ul><li>On-the-ground BMPs can have measurable in-stream impacts/reductions </li></ul><ul><li>Volu...
VA Bay TMDL: actively engage stakeholders and the public <ul><li>Virginia Bay TMDL Webinar (October 2009) </li></ul><ul><l...
Challenging Bay TMDL Timeframe  EPA Deadlines <ul><li>Phase I  -  Draft allocations and state strategies </li></ul><ul><li...
Quote from Albert Einstein <ul><li>“ The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting ...
Difference of Coming Bay TMDL <ul><li>Can only speculate/hope/fear at this point </li></ul><ul><li>EPA “consequences” the ...
Bay TMDL Implementation Opportunities <ul><li>Place responsibility in the hands of those responsible </li></ul><ul><li>Loc...
Bay TMDL Implementation Challenges:  now to 2025 <ul><li>Achieving sufficient political will to support necessary actions ...
Bay TMDL Implementation Challenges:  now to 2025 and beyond dilemma   <ul><li>Big Picture:  </li></ul><ul><li>g r o w t h ...
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Virginia TMDL Success

  1. 1. Choose Clean Water – Chesapeake Bay Restoration Conference January 11, 2010 TMDLs in Virginia by Jack E. Frye Soil & Water Conservation Division Director Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation 203 Governor Street, Suite 206 Richmond, VA 23219 804-786-2064 www.DCR.Virginia.gov *State Parks * Soil and Water Conservation * Natural Heritage * Outdoor Recreation Planning * Land Conservation * Dam Safety and Floodplain Management * Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance
  2. 2. VA TMDL Success <ul><li>We have had success…….. </li></ul><ul><li>1,700 impairments (bacteria, benthic, toxics, nutrient) </li></ul><ul><li>690 impairments have TMDL done </li></ul><ul><li>39 implementation plans (126 impairments) </li></ul><ul><li>84 of 126 impairments targeted with resources </li></ul><ul><li>Riparian buffers, livestock stream exclusion fencing, animal waste storage, cover crops, conservation tillage, correcting failed septic systems, straight-pipe correction, stormwater infiltration and retention </li></ul>
  3. 3. VA TMDL Lessons Learned <ul><li>On-the-ground BMPs can have measurable in-stream impacts/reductions </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary approach has limits </li></ul><ul><li>Success is real; but violation rate reduction may not achieve delisting impairment (achieve WQ standard) </li></ul><ul><li>Money and technical assistance are not always the “limiting factor” </li></ul><ul><li>Having no “end game” driving BMP adoption limits effectiveness in many cases </li></ul>
  4. 4. VA Bay TMDL: actively engage stakeholders and the public <ul><li>Virginia Bay TMDL Webinar (October 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Initial EPA Public Meetings (December 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Expert panel advice (2009 - 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder Advisory Group (2009 - 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Use Interactive web-based tools (Ongoing) </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Public Comment Period (Aug.- Oct. 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Additional outreach; both targeted & requested </li></ul>
  5. 5. Challenging Bay TMDL Timeframe EPA Deadlines <ul><li>Phase I - Draft allocations and state strategies </li></ul><ul><li>June 1, 2010 Preliminary phase I plan by source sector and impaired segment drainage area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>August 1, 2010 –Draft phase I plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>November 1, 2010 –Final phase I plan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phase II – Local target loads and action plans </li></ul><ul><li> (35 impaired VA segments) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>June 1, 2011 –Draft phase II plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>November 1, 2011 –Final phase II plans submitted to EPA </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Quote from Albert Einstein <ul><li>“ The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Difference of Coming Bay TMDL <ul><li>Can only speculate/hope/fear at this point </li></ul><ul><li>EPA “consequences” the most important element of change in entire Bay “world” </li></ul><ul><li>May generate or enable political will </li></ul><ul><li>May create needed “end game” </li></ul><ul><li>May enable additional resources and commitment </li></ul><ul><li>May cause engagement of those able to make changes; those literally responsible </li></ul><ul><li>In VA most localized impairments are bacteria, not nutrient enrichment related (is a link) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bay TMDL Implementation Opportunities <ul><li>Place responsibility in the hands of those responsible </li></ul><ul><li>Local governments accept responsibility (growth & development) </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture & forestry industry, commodity organizations and farmers accept responsibility (working lands controls) </li></ul><ul><li>More complete Ag & Urban tracking and accounting systems (joint state-local-commodity group-farmer) </li></ul><ul><li>Award credit for actions & reduce finger pointing </li></ul><ul><li>Make clean-up a local issue with local benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize that healthy waters exist and provide services </li></ul><ul><li>Accountable actions may diminish pressure to regulate </li></ul>
  9. 9. Bay TMDL Implementation Challenges: now to 2025 <ul><li>Achieving sufficient political will to support necessary actions and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Making responsibility local & individual </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly linking water quality with local water resource issues, recreation & aquatic life benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Equity of actions </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t give up in face of difficulty </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating benefits of hard choices/focus on what is gained, not what is lost </li></ul>
  10. 10. Bay TMDL Implementation Challenges: now to 2025 and beyond dilemma <ul><li>Big Picture: </li></ul><ul><li>g r o w t h </li></ul><ul><li>CAP </li></ul>&

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