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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-987


Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Reduction Strategy

[32 Pa.B. 2813]

   The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) will host six public meetings on the Commonwealth's Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Reduction Strategy (Strategy). The meetings will be held as follows:

   *  July 8, 2002:  Southcentral Regional Office, Susquehanna Room, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA

   *  July 10, 2002:  Northeast Regional Office, Susquehanna Room, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA

   *  July 11, 2002:  Northcentral Regional Office, Dr. Goddard Conference Room, 208 North Third Street, Williamsport, PA

   There will be two meetings on each date at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

   At the meetings, Department staff will review the re- cently published the Commonwealth's Strategy, which provides an account of progress towards the goal of reduc- ing nutrient loadings to the Chesapeake Bay by 40%. United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff will provide an update on efforts to understand and model nutrient loads being delivered to the Chesapeake Bay, and the development of revised nutrient and sediment goals scheduled for completion by the end of this year. Public input will be sought to guide development of a revised Strategy following adoption of new goals.

   In 1983, the Commonwealth entered into an agreement with Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, the EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Commission as a first step toward restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. In 1987 and 1992, the agreement was reaffirmed, followed by the signing of the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement, which further set the goal to remove all nutrient and sediment impairments within the Chesapeake Bay by 2010. If the Chesapeake Bay impairments are not removed by 2010, states with tidal waters will be required to develop total maximum daily loads through a regulatory approach. This would result in a nutrient and sediment load allocation to the Commonwealth.

   Copies of the Commonwealth's Strategy may be obtained by calling Kim Chism at (717) 787-5267, sending e-mail to or on the Internet at, directLINK ''Chesapeake Bay.'' Copies may also be obtained by writing Office of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Department of Environmental Protection, 10th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, P. O. Box 8555, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8555.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-987. Filed for public inspection June 7, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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