Draft Phase I Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) were due to EPA on September 1, 2010 with the final plans submitted on November 29, 2010. Following the release of Delaware's Draft Phase I WIP, numerous comments and questions from both EPA and various stakeholder groups within the watershed were submitted. The most important criticism from EPA was that the draft plan did not achieve load reduction goals for nitrogen or phosphorus. As a result, EPA indicated their intention to institute backstop allocations (more stringent limits and actions on wastewater treatement plants, municipal stormwater, and regulated agriculture) – if the State was unable in the final plan to achieve the necessary load reduction goals and provide reasonable assurance that these goals could be achieved. Stakeholder comments and questions often focused on the costs of implementing certain actions and the potential impacts on local businesses.
Delaware's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) - Phase I
As a result of comments and questions, signficant revisions to plan were made.
The final approved plan was used to develop the EPA Chesapeake Bay watershed-wide Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) that was released in December 2010.
The final Phase I WIP documents are available below for download. For information about Delaware's more recent Chesapeake WIP work, please visit this page.
Phase I WIP Documents
2-Year Milestones Goals to help achieve the TMDL and WIP
ChesapeakeStat - view data and information on progress toward meeting Chesapeake goals!