Institute for Environmental Negotiation

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Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Assessment

(2015-Present) IEN is conducting an assessment of stakeholder experiences with Phase I and Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) developed by states and the District of Columbia as part of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (Bay TMDL) accountability framework. Over 100 conversations with stakeholders will inform answers to the following questions:

  • What aspects of the Phase I and II WIP process facilitated implementation?
  • What topics does the Phase III WIP process need to address more directly?
  • How may Phase III WIPs and the oversight of implementation better engage local partners and accelerate the implementation of pollution reduction practices?
  • How should information on pollutant loads, reductions, and/or implementation efforts be expressed in the Phase III WIPs so that stakeholders understand their share towards meeting Bay TMDL allocations?

This assessment will recommend improvements so that the forthcoming Phase III WIPs create effective blueprints for implementation through 2025.