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Chesapeake Bay TMDL

EPA's Assessments of Animal Agriculture Programs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

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Starting in 2013, EPA conducted assessments of animal agriculture programs in six of the Bay jurisdictions (Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia).  EPA’s assessments evaluated the jurisdictions’ implementation of programs to ensure reductions in the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution required in the Bay TMDL. The assessments examined jurisdictions’ implementation of federal and state regulatory programs, as well as voluntary incentive-based programs to meet the nutrient and sediment reduction commitments in their Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs). 

EPA will use these assessments, coupled with ongoing WIP and milestone evaluations, to ensure the jurisdictions have the programs, policies, and resources necessary to meet the Bay TMDL.  In March 2015, EPA released its completed evaluations of animal agriculture programs in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  In August 2015, EPA released its completed evaluations of animal agriculture programs in Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia.

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