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Watershed Implementation Plan workshops planned for June

QUEENSTOWN — With Maryland moving closer to rolling out its Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan, representatives of state agencies overseeing Chesapeake Bay cleanup are making themselves available in person at regional workshops across the state in May and June to inform the dialogue and answer questions of local partners.

Maryland and surrounding states are involved in a large-scale cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. Part of the strategy requires local partners to identify solutions that reduce pollution to the Bay, under the umbrella of the state’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Under the TMDL, pollution control measures needed to fully restore the Bay and its tidal rivers are required to be in place by 2025.

Maryland is soon entering its third WIP phase. The first and second phases provided a roadmap on how to achieve water quality standards and specific local actions that can be taken to achieve a reduction in harmful nutrients to waterways. Phase III will detail actions intended to be implemented between this year and 2025 to meet Bay restoration goals.

As part of the state’sengagement strategy for Phase III WIP development, officials have set dates for five workshops at locations across the state, intended to inform participants about the WIP process, provide opportunities for questions and feedback, and promote interaction between local partners and state agencies overseeing cleanup. There is one workshop scheduled for each region of the state, including Western Maryland, Central Maryland, Southern Maryland, Southern Maryland, the upper Eastern Shore and the lower Eastern Shore.

The workshops are geared toward strengthening the working relationships between state and local government entities and the nonprofit community while Maryland’s WIP is implemented.

Each workshop schedule includes a general WIP overview, information on stormwater and wastewater, an update for agricultural implementers, details on funding resources, and open question and answer discussions. Presentations will be made by staff members of the Maryland Departments of Agriculture and Environment.

Those interested in learning more about Maryland’s strategy for the Phase III WIP are invited to attend any of the five regional workshops scheduled. All workshops are free and sponsored by the University of Maryland-affiliated Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology and funded by the Town Creek Foundation.

Dates and locations for the five regional workshops are listed below. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided to participants. RSVP is required and can be accessed through the links below.

 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Central Maryland

(Baltimore City & County, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Montgomery counties)

Overhills Mansion, 916 South Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228

To register for Central Maryland, click here

 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Lower Eastern Shore

(Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester counties)

Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Flanders Room, 500 Glen AVE, Salisbury, MD 21804

To register for Lower Eastern Shore, click here

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Upper Eastern Shore

(Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot counties)

The Milestone, 9630 Technology Drive, Easton MD 21601

To register for Upper Eastern Shore, click here

 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Southern Maryland

(Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's, St. Mary's counties)

Charles Soil Conservation District, 4200 Gardiner Road, Waldorf, MD 20601

To register for Southern Maryland, click here

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Western Maryland

(Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Washington counties)

Williamsport Banquet Hall, 2 Brandy Drive, Williamsport, MD 21795

To register for Western Maryland, click here

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