The Chesapeake Bay Program is a regional partnership that was founded in 1983 to deal with the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Comprised of federal and state agencies, local governments, nonprofit organization and academic institutions, the Bay Program is organized into committees, goal implementation teams (GITS), workgroups and action teams (CBP, 2012). The Water Quality Goal Implementation Team is charged with protecting and restoring water quality in the Bay and its contributing waters. As one of the nine workgroups that report to and advise the WQGIT, the Urban Stormwater Workgroup (USWG) utilizes expert independent review panels to make recommendations to the WQGIT on all stormwater related issues in the Bay watershed.
In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay. The TMDL requires significant reductions in Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sediment across the Bay watershed by 2025.
The Chesapeake Stormwater Network (that’s us!) acts as the Technical Coordinator for the Urban Stormwater Workgroup. In that role CSN coordinates Workgroup and facilitates the expert independent review panels as they work to develop the pollutant removal efficiencies for various best management practices used toward meeting the Bay TMDL. To learn more about the “expert panel” process or the status of the BMPs visit our Urban Stormwater Workgroup page here.
For more information on the breakdown of stormwater regulation and management across the Bay watershed, please explore the following links:
- National EPA Stormwater – NPDES
- Region 3 Stormwater – NPDES
- Chesapeake Bay TMDL Executive Summary
- Chesapeake Bay Program Stormwater
- Water Quality Goal Implementation Team
- Urban Stormwater Workgroup
More information on progress made in meeting the Bay TMDL can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/chesapeakebaytmdl/