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During the 2009 Chesapeake Executive Council meeting, the governors and mayor of the Bay watershed jurisdictions - Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, New York and the District of Columbia - set short-term goals to reduce pollution to the Bay and dramatically accelerate the pace of restoration.
The two year milestone process tracks progress towards the 2025 Bay TMDL allocation in two year increments. The progress is tracked by modeling nutrient reductions and the District’s implementation of various best management practices. The District should have practices in place by 2017 that achieve 60% of the total reductions needed to meet the 2025 allocation. That makes 2017 a mid-point for progress tracking. DDOE submitted final 2012-2013 milestones to the EPA on January 6, 2012. In addition to the milestones DDOE submitted on behalf of the District, the Federal Agencies situated within the District also committed to a set of milestones to reduce loading from Federal lands in the District. The Federal milestone commitments are being tracked and accounted for separately from the District’s milestones.