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On December 29, EPA established a Chesapeake Bay Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL) to restore clean water in Chesapeake Bay and all its tributaries. Characterized by EPA as a “pollution diet” for Chesapeake Bay, this comprehensive TMDL identifies the necessary reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.  The TMDL calls for a 25 percent reduction in nitrogen, 24 percent reduction in phosphorus and 20 percent reduction in sediment. Supporting this TMDL, State Watershed Implementation Plans catalogue all pollution controls that will need to be in place in each jurisdiction by 2025.  EPA will hold the States accountable for meeting their implementation plans over the next 15 years. More information

Among the improvements in jurisdiction plans:

·         Committing to more stringent nitrogen and phosphorus limits at wastewater treatment plants, including on the James River in Virginia. (Virginia, New York, Delaware)

·          Pursuing state legislation to fund wastewater treatment plant upgrades, urban stormwater management and agricultural programs. (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia)

·         Implementing a progressive stormwater permit to reduce pollution. (District of Columbia)

·         Dramatically increasing enforcement and compliance of state requirements for agriculture. (Pennsylvania)

·         Committing state funding to develop and implement state-of-the-art-technologies for converting animal manure to energy for farms. (Pennsylvania)

Considering implementation of mandatory programs for agriculture by 2013 if pollution reductions fall behind schedule. (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New York)