Institute for Environmental Negotiation

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IEN Completes Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Assessment

In December 2015, the Institute for Environmental Negotiation completed an assessment of five years of work in Phases I and II of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The Bay TMDL is an intensive planning and implementation process intended to achieve significant reductions in nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution throughout a 64,000-square-mile watershed that includes the District of Columbia and large sections of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. This assessment was undertaken in order to recommend improvements to the development of the next phase of the Bay TMDL (Phase III), in particular ways of enhancing participation from local partners, such as local governments, conservation districts, planning districts, municipalities, federal facilities, watershed organizations, source water protection groups, private businesses, and local elected officials. The assessment may be found here. 

Following completion of the assessment, IEN's Frank Dukes presented the assessment to a variety of stakeholder groups involved in the Bay TMDL. He also participated in the development of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s action plan that responded to the assessment, that may be found here