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Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan

Development of New York's Phase III Plan

DEC will be working closely with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Upper Susquehanna Coalition (USC) and other state and local partners in 2018 to develop the next phase to develop the next phase of New York's implementation plan (WIP). The Phase III WIP will outline actions that New York will take through 2025 to meet nutrient and sediment reduction goals to meet the Chesapeake Bay TMDL requirements.

EPA has released the draft expectation (PDF, 550 KB) of components required for the Phase III plans. DEC will be incorporating all required components detailed in the draft and final expectations document released by EPA.

Engagement of both state and local partners will be critical to developing a plan that meets federal requirements, while addressing local water quality concerns and funding needs. If you are interested in participating in future discussions regarding development of the Phase III WIP, please contact Lauren Townley (DEC Chesapeake Watershed Coordinator) at or (518) 402-8283. Public events (webinars and in-person meetings) will be held throughout the Phase III WIP development process. Information on these meetings will be posted in the "Upcoming Events'" section below.

Phase III WIP Schedule

DEC will follow the schedule determined by EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Program.

Fall 2017: Initiate the Phase III WIP planning process

Fall 2017 - Winter 2018: DEC will review planning targets with state and local partners

Spring 2018 - Fall 2018: Draft Phase III WIP document development

Winter 2018 - Spring 2019: Public Comment Period and finalization of Phase III WIP document

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events. Updated on December, 8 2017.