Do the math before the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Meeting in Northern Virginia – December 14

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding public meetings on its development of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay.

EPA is on the “get ‘er done” track, after years of dilly-dallying.  There’s a new sheriff in town, with Obama’s EPA.  By a consent decree with a Federal court, the TMDL will be finalized no later than May 1, 2011.  (EPA is shooting for December, 2010.)

A draft TMDL and accompanying draft implementation plans are scheduled to be prepared by August 2010. Allocations of nitrogen and phosphorous levels have already been identified for the Potomac River.  At the moment, those allocations are non-binding.

Look at the numbers in an article in the Bay Journal of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  It’s already obvious that Prince William County and other pollution contributors will have to cut (reduce, lower, shrink…) current levels of pollution.

If  we expect to add another 120,000 more people by 2025… we gotta reduce pollution/per capita.  Significantly.  We can’t continue business as usual and meet the Federal mandate.  Prince William can grow, but we gotta build differently to accommodate projected growth.

Mark your calendar – the Northern Virginia meeting will be on December 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Falls Church High School, Little Theater, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042.


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