Water Resources Program 2019-2021

Key Project:

Assist EPA and stakeholders with development and implementation of the Conowingo Watershed Implementation Plan


Priority Water Resources Need:

Restore the Chesapeake Bay


Project Location:

Lower Susquehanna Region, Pennsylvania


Project Lead:

Project Description:

Dams on the Lower Susquehanna River SRBC is assisting the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership with development and implementation of a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) that will reduce pollutant loads delivered to the Bay because of lost trapping capacity in reservoirs of the Lower Susquehanna River. The Conowingo WIP is a supplemental action, triggered mainly due to sediment infill behind the Conowingo Dam, that is needed to meet the overall nutrient and sediment goals under the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.

Specific tasks include: 1) furnish technical assistance to the Partnership’s Conowingo WIP Steering Committee, 2) help coordinate stakeholder engagement sessions, 3) provide technical assistance to the WIP Project Team with respect to operation of the Chesapeake Assessment Scenario Tool (CAST) model, and 4) synthesize SRBC’s relevant water quality and aquatic biological monitoring datasets.


Challenges:
  • Identifying, securing commitments, and obtaining resources for practices and projects in the Lower Susquehanna Region, or within other states within the immediate vicinity of the Bay, that further reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loadings to the Bay beyond those practices identified in state WIPs.

Key Milestones:
  • •  Form WIP Steering Committee and hire WIP Project Team
    (July 2019)
  • •  Draft Conowingo WIP Plan
    (July 2020)