• Watershed-Wide Actions

    Ongoing

    • 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.