Chesapeake Bay Executive Order
Protection and Restoration

Draft Model Program to Assist State Septic Programs in Managing Water Quality Impacts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

November 15 2012

EPA is releasing a draft Model Program for Onsite Programs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for public comment. The draft provides technical information regarding the elements of a model program for onsite wastewater treatment systems that incorporates key recommendations for the effective and efficient management of onsite nitrogen treatment systems. The document is part of EPA’s effort to collaborate with state and local partners in promoting nitrogen reductions from onsite systems in support of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

This draft Model Program addresses a commitment EPA made in the Chesapeake Bay strategy and provides important technical information for those states that have incorporated improved management of onsite systems in their Watershed Implementation Plans. While targeted for the states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Model Program may be of broader interest to other states dealing with the need to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment inputs to other watersheds.

Please review the attached document and submit your comments by December 28, 2012 to:

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