Studies & Reports

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Watershed Implentation Plan (WIP) Studies and Reports

Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Segmentsheds.

Courtesy Chesapeake Bay Program.


In anticipation of a State of the Chesapeake Bay briefing before the Senate Environment and Transportation Committee February 4, 2016, and as part of the Coalition’s effort to enlighten members of the General Assembly and the Administration about the Bay TMDL construct – and debunk the pervasive false narrative and resulting “blueprint” of pollution reduction measures that are unaffordable, of questionable efficacy and undoubtedly harmful to local economies – the attached CCC Policy Paper (“Chesapeake Bay TMDL Myths & Making WIPs Matter”) and condensed one-page handout have been widely disseminated in Annapolis.

County officials are advised to consider their local WIP in light of the research and recommendations outlined in the Policy Paper; and there is no need to wait for EPA, MDE or the vested NGOs to tell you what your jurisdiction’s Phase III WIP should say.  In the meantime, we will continue advocating that the Hogan Administration address the State’s WIP accordingly.

Paper: Chesapeake Bay TMDL Myths & Making WIPs Matter
Clean Chesapeak Coalition, 28 January 2016

Handout: Chesapeake Bay TMDL Myths & Making WIPs Matter
Clean Chesapeake Coalition, 28 January 2016


The latest report by “The Federal leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay” on Chesapeake Bay restoration progress since the inception of Executive Order 13508 in May 2009 and the execution of the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay by various federal agencies and watershed jurisdictions.
10 April 2015

Bay Barometer 2013-2014, an annual report on the status of the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.
Chesapeake Bay Program, 4 February 2015

Chesapeake Bay Fiscal 2016 Budget Overview
Maryland Department of Legislative Services, Office of Policy Analysis, January 2015


Quantifying Groundwater’s Role in Delaying Improvements to Chesapeake Bay Water Quality
U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior
Published in Environmental Science & Technology, November 2013

Chesapeake Bay TMDL Milestone Progress Report
The Federal leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay, 28 March 2013


Saving the Chesapeake Bay TMDL: The Critical Role of Nutrient Offsets
University of Maryland School of Public Policy, October 2012

Chesapeake Bay Strategy FY2013 Action Plan
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Executive Order 13508 – May 12, 2009: Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration
President Barack Obama, United States of America