- Tracking progress toward the stream health outcome.
- Identifying practicable metrics to credit restoration work for pollution load reductions and improvements in stream function and health, and incorporating recommendations into BMP Verification Plans.
- Developing a Stream Restoration Permit Committee to bring regulators, practitioners and the regulated community together to explore streamlining the review process for stream restoration project permits.
- Providing local officials with educational and training materials on stream restoration and health.
- Training regulators and practitioners.
January – June 2016
- Working with federal and state regulatory agencies and local governments to streamline the evaluation process for Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs), MS4 restoration plans or other relevant site analyses.
July – December 2016
- Updating and refining the Chesapeake Bay Basin-wide Index of Biotic Integrity (Chessie BIBI).
- Establishing a 2008 baseline for stream health and an approach for determining future trends.
January – June 2017
- Establishing minimum stability monitoring requirements for restoration work.
July – December 2017
- Implementing a pooled stream monitoring approach throughout the watershed.
- Reviewing and providing recommendations for the water quality impairment listing and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process to determine how to address impairments not associated with a pollutant TMDL.
January – June 2018
- Establishing a workgroup to align stream restoration best management practice protocols for pollution loads delivered downstream to optimize improvements in stream function and health.
Two-Year Work Plan
Chesapeake Bay Program partners have committed to taking specific actions over the course of 2016 and 2017 to achieve the high-level approaches identified in the management strategy for the Stream Health outcome. These actions are listed below. More information about performance targets, participating entities and influential factors can be found in the full work plan.