Loudoun County Prepares for Watershed Implementation Plan

I know that I've cited this previously, and might even start sounding like a broken record, but it cannot be stated enough how important stakeholder input and feedback is to the successful  implementation of any plan – especially true in the new world of managing stormwater, TMDLs, and Watershed Implementation Plans – early involvement of the community is essential. Many communities across the Commonwealth will be holding these meetings over the next year. Loudoun County’s first community open houses will be this Thursday. Additional meetings help over the next week. Thursday, May 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road Tuesday, May 14, 6-7:30 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place Thursday, May 16, 6-7:30 p.m. Purcellville Town Hall, 221 South Nursery Ave To learn more about how you can keep informed and have your voice heard, read about the community meetings on Leesburg Today http://www.leesburgtoday.com/news/community-input-sought-on-county-water-plan/article_e5db1a8a-b320-11e2-94c0-001a4bcf887a.html For more details about Loudoun County's Watershed Improvement Plan, visit the County's...

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Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase II WIP Update

Public informatonal meetngs concerning Phase II of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Watershed Implementaton Plan will be  conducted throughout May across Virginia. Held by the Department of Conservation and Recreaton (DCR), the sessions will  provide updates on the status of the Phase II WIP, the next steps in the planning process and give stakeholders a chance to  comment before the plan is acted upon by the EPA. There will be 7 meetings conducted by DCR during the month of May. For detailed information including dates, times and locations, follow this link....

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Chesapeake Bay Cleanup, EPA and Virginia Localities – Still Many Challenges

Virginia’s local governments, through the Planning District Commissions (PDCs), are in the process of providing information to DCR for the Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL by the February 1, 2012 deadline.  The information includes a review of the modeling data used to evaluate cleanup of the Bay, an inventory of BMPs currently in place, and additional BMPs, strategies and resources needed to meet the 2025 level of implementation (60% reductions) required by the TMDL. The following article outlines the concerns facing Gloucester County as well as many other local governments including potential increased federal regulation if cleanup progress is not sufficient, reliance on the modeling results to make that determination, and the impact of wildlife on potential progress.  Given the continued struggling economy, local governments will likely have difficulty finding the resources, both monetary and personnel, to meet the required reductions. http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/dp-tsq-mid-gloucester-tmdls-0126-20120126,0,3520340.story...

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