Presentation on theme: "1 Expanding Crediting of Chesapeake Bay Program Conservation Practices Mark Dubin Chesapeake Bay Program Agricultural Technical Coordinator University."— Presentation transcript:
1 Expanding Crediting of Chesapeake Bay Program Conservation Practices Mark Dubin Chesapeake Bay Program Agricultural Technical Coordinator University of Maryland/CBPO and Mid-Atlantic Water Program
Mark Dubin Agricultural Technical Coordinator University of Maryland Extension-College Park College of Agriculture and Natural Resources USDA-NIFA Mid-Atlantic Water Program EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office
3 BMP Efficiencies History CBP Partnership contracted with the Mid-Atlantic Water Program to re-evaluate effectiveness estimates for existing BMPs—a two year process ( ). Challenge: estimate the effectiveness of practices Bay-wide and the way they are actually installed or implemented. Many different individuals and organizations had input.
4 Lessons Learned Year 1: – Literature review by MAWP – Definition and effectiveness estimate(s) (individual) – Chesapeake Bay Program review and approval Year 2: An updated process – Convene an expert panel – Literature review, definitions, estimates – Chesapeake Bay Program review and approval
5 Getting Credit for New BMPs There continues to be considerable interest by the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership in obtaining water quality credit for practices that are not currently in the Bay watershed model. The Chesapeake Bay Program partnership needed a procedure for evaluating these practices. Based on the 2-year experience with the Mid- Atlantic Water Program’s BMP Project, the partnership developed a protocol to do this (approved March 15, 2010).
“Protocol for the Development, Review, and Approval of Loading and Effectiveness Estimates for Nutrient and Sediment Controls in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model” Aka the “BMP Protocol” process.
CBP GIT Implementation Workgroup Structure Enhance Partnering, Leadership & Management Enhance Partnering, Leadership & Management Goal Implementation Teams Maintain Healthy Watersheds Maintain Healthy Watersheds Protect & Restore Water Quality Protect & Restore Water Quality Sustainable Fisheries Sustainable Fisheries Protect & Restore Vital Habitats Protect & Restore Vital Habitats Foster Chesapeake Stewardship Foster Chesapeake Stewardship Ches. Bay Stock Assessment Committee Ches. Bay Stock Assessment Committee Fisheries Ecosystem Workgroup Stream Habitat Workgroup Fish Passage Workgroup Agriculture Workgroup Single Species Teams Quantitative Ecosystem Teams Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Workgroup Wetlands Evaluation Workgroup Forestry Workgroup Reevaluation Technical Workgroup Sediment Workgroup Urban Stormwater Workgroup Wastewater Treatment Workgroup Watershed Technical Workgroup Education Workgroup Budget and Assistance Coordination Workgroup IT Infrastructure Workgroup Organizational Management Workgroup Accountability and Evaluation Workgroup Watershed Health Workgroup Land Use Planning Workgroup Land Conservation Workgroup
BMP Protocol Process As the Executive Order and Bay TMDL processes unfold, the CBP expects to receive numerous requests to evaluate innovative technologies and practices. It will be necessary to review and prioritize these requests. Requests can be initiated by the following groups: _ A CBP source sector Workgroup _ A jurisdiction _ A different group/organization/agency if a CBP Workgroup agrees to sponsor the recommendation through the CBP review process Requests should be submitted to the Chair of the WQGIT who will then route requests to the Watershed Technical Workgroup (WTWG) and to the relevant source sector Workgroup.
BMP Protocol Process Convene a review panel The source sector Workgroup, in consultation with the WTWG and WQGIT Chair, will identify and convene a panel of experts on the relevant topic. The panel must include at least six individuals; three recognized topic experts and three individuals with expertise in environmental and water quality-related issues. It is also important that the review panel has appropriate geographic representation.
BMP Protocol Process Expectations of the review panel The review panel will develop definitions and loading or effectiveness estimates. The panel will work with the source Workgroup and WTWG to develop a report that addresses the following: _ Identity the expertise of panel members _ Land Use or practice name/title _ Detailed definition of the land use or practice _ Recommended nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loading or effectiveness estimates
12 Review Process Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Watershed Technical WG And Source Workgroup Expert panel (includes other perspectives) Watershed Technical WG And Source Workgroup Request made to the WQGIT, forwarded to the Workgroups Workgroups convene an expert panel to review existing information Panel develops definitions and estimates based on data Protocol available on Chesapeake Bay Program website Workgroups review the process and recommend to the WQGIT
CBP Agricultural BMPs Nutrient Management Precision Agriculture Enhanced Nutrient Management Conservation Tillage Continuous No-Till Conservation Tillage Cover Crops Cover Crops – Late Planting Cover Crops – Early Planting Small Grain Enhancement – Late Planting Small Grain Enhancement – Early Planting Pasture Grazing BMPs Alternative Watering Facilities Stream Access Control with Fencing Prescribed Grazing Precision Intensive Rotational Grazing Horse Pasture Management Other Agricultural BMPS Forest Buffers Wetland Restoration Land Retirement Grass Buffers Forest Buffers Tree Planting Carbon Sequestration/Alternative Crops Conservation Plans/SCWQP Animal Waste Management Systems Mortality Composters Water Control Structures Non-Urban Stream Restoration Poultry Phytase Poultry Litter Management Dairy Precision Feeding and Forage Management Swine Phytase Ammonia Emissions Reductions
14 CBP Urban/Suburban BMPs Stormwater Management Wet Ponds and Wetlands Dry Detention Ponds and Hydrodynamic Structures Dry Extended Detention Ponds Urban Infiltration Practices Urban Filtering Practices Recent/Retrofit Stormwater Management Septic BMPs Septic Connections Septic Denitrification Septic Pumping Other Urban/Suburban BMP Forest Conservation Impervious Surface and Urban Growth Reduction Forest Buffers (Urban) Tree Planting (Urban) Grass Buffers (Urban) Stream Restoration (Urban) Erosion and Sediment Control Nutrient Management (Urban) Street Sweeping Forest Buffers (Mixed Open) Wetland Restoration (Mixed Open) Tree Planting (Mixed Open) Nutrient Management (Mixed Open) Abandoned Mine Reclamation Non-Urban Stream Restoration (Mixed Open) Dirt and Gravel Road Erosion and Sediment Control (Mixed Open)