There have been three phases of Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay WIP. Delaware developed its Phase I WIP in 2010 and its Phase II WIP in 2012. Both the Phase I and Phase II WIPs describe actions and controls to be implemented by 2017 and 2025 to achieve applicable water quality standards. The Phase III WIP provides information on actions Delaware intends to implement between 2019 and 2025 to meet the Bay restoration goals.
On April 12, 2019, Delaware submitted a draft version of the Phase III WIP to EPA and posted it on DNREC’s website. Delaware solicited public comments from April 12 through June 7, with comments submitted via electronic form, email, and the United States Postal Service. Delaware has consolidated every comment received in Appendix J, along with a response.
The updated version of the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan was submitted to the EPA and posted onto DNREC’s website for final review on Aug. 23, 2019.
|Jan. 1, 2017||EPA releases draft expectations for Phase III WIP|
|Dec. 2017||Final Calibration of Watershed Model|
|March 1, 2017||Local Area Targets Recommendations|
|Summer, 2017||Partnership fatal flaw review of Phase VI Watershed Model|
|June 2017||Release of final Phase VI Model|
|Dec. 2017||EPA releases draft Phase III Planning Targets|
|June 2018||EPA Finalizes Phase III WIP Expectations|
|July 9, 2018||The Principal’s Staff Committee (PSC) Finalizes Phase III WIP Planning Targets|
|July 2018||The Midpoint Assessment Completed|
|Dec. 2018||Jurisdictions report annual BMP progress; Verification Programs in place|
|April 12, 2019||Draft Phase III WIPs are due to the EPA and are posted on jurisdictions’ websites for public review|
|June 7, 2019||Public review of Phase III WIP due|
|June 21, 2019||EPA Comments posted on jurisdictions’ websites|
|Aug. 23, 2019||Final draft of Phase III WIPs are due to the EPA and are posted on jurisdictions’ websites|