RD155 - Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Clean-Up Plan - Progress Report - June 2012

Executive Summary:
This report was developed to comply with water quality reporting requirements stipulated in § 62.1-44.118 of the Code of Virginia. This section of code requires the Secretary of Natural Resources to submit semiannual progress reports May 1 and November 1 regarding implementation of the impaired waters clean-up plan as described in § 62.1-44.117. Pursuant to § 62.1-44.118, the May 1 progress report focuses exclusively on clean-up implementation whereas the November 1 report consolidates additional annual reporting requirements.

A noteworthy achievement during this reporting period was the completion and submittal of the Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) developed as part of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements. In addition, continuing progress was made in reducing point source discharges from sewage treatment plants, installing agricultural best management practices, reducing the phosphorus content of poultry litter through effective dietary management of poultry, enhanced compliance with state erosion and sediment control regulations, and working towards the July 1, 2014 local implementation target for the revised Stormwater Management Regulations. As noted in the November 1 report, several of the goals and objectives identified in the initial Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Clean-up Plan have been essentially achieved.