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Briefing Date:05/03/2011
Topic:Achieving Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay: An Evaluation of Program Strategies and Implementation

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Water Science and Technology Board
Committee on the Evaluation of Chesapeake Bay Program Implementation
for Nutrient Reduction to Improve Water Quality

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Congressional Briefing
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
406 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.
and
Friday, May 6, 2011
B-375 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 2:00 p.m.
and
586 Ford House Office Bldg. – 3:00 p.m.

on

Achieving Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay:
An Evaluation of Program Strategies and Implementation

by

Patricia E. Norris, Michigan State University, East Lansing, and Vice Chair, Committee on the Evaluation of Chesapeake Bay Program Implementation for Nutrient Reduction to Improve Water Quality

Andrew N. Sharpley, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and Member, Committee on the Evaluation of Chesapeake Bay Program Implementation for Nutrient Reduction to Improve Water Quality

Stephanie Johnson, Study Director, Committee on the Evaluation of Chesapeake Bay Program Implementation for Nutrient Reduction to Improve Water Quality, National Research Council

Starting in 2009, the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) launched a new and aggressive multi-state strategy to reduce the loading of nutrients and sediment to the Bay to increase the pace of restoration. Central to this program are the two-year milestone commitments from each state, which are integral steps toward reaching the newly released Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). A National Research Council committee is nearing completion of a 21-month review of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s nutrient reduction program, sponsored by the EPA, with funding support from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. The report examines the CBP’s two-year milestone strategy and implementation as a means to reach the nutrient and sediment reduction goals. In its report, the committee also evaluates the tracking and accounting efforts that are used to monitor the implementation of best management practices and, thereby, determine the progress toward meeting the CBP goals. The committee evaluates the adaptive management strategies being developed by the CBP and the Bay states and discusses the most appropriate and useful applications for adaptive management in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Finally, the report discusses improvements to the nutrient reduction strategies to help increase the likelihood of achieving the goals.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on May 4, 2011 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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