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Pennsylvania's Draft Phase 3 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan; Public Comment

[49 Pa.B. 1855]
[Saturday, April 13, 2019]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is providing, for public comment, the draft Phase 3 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The Phase 3 WIP specifies the steps the Commonwealth will take through 2025 to meet local water pollution reduction goals in the Chesapeake Bay watershed as required by the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

 Published by the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership (Partnership) in 2010, the Chesapeake Bay TMDL specifies pollutant reduction goals for seven jurisdictions in the Bay watershed: Pennsylvania; Maryland; Virginia; Delaware; West Virginia; New York; and the District of Columbia. Based on the results of a midpoint assessment of the TMDL completed by the Partnership in July 2018, this Commonwealth must reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus flowing to the Bay from the waterways of this Commonwealth by another 34.13 million pounds and 0.76 million pounds, respectively.

 Like the other jurisdictions in the Bay watershed, the Bay TMDL requires the Commonwealth to develop a series of three WIPs. The Commonwealth developed its Phase 1 WIP in 2010, and its Phase 2 WIP in 2012. The Department and the Phase 3 WIP Steering Committee has worked closely with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources along with numerous local government, agricultural, environmental, community, academic and business partners over the last year and a half to develop the draft Phase 3 WIP.

 The Department invites interested persons to submit written comments on the draft Phase 3 WIP through Friday, June 7, 2019. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the originator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment tool at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment or by e-mail to ecomment@pa.gov. Written comments can also be mailed to the Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.

 Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Brian Chalfant at (717) 783-8073 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TTD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.

PATRICK McDONNELL, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-533. Filed for public inspection April 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]



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