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Mason Seeks Comments on the Chesapeake Bay Action Plan

December 16, 2018

Mason is seeking public comments through January 11, 2019 on its draft Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Action Plan.

A TMDL for the Chesapeake Bay was established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2010, requiring states and localities to remove specific pollutants from storm water runoff before the water enters local streams and rivers that drain into the Chesapeake Bay.

Mason is required to develop Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plans that show how the university intends to meet the three milestones:

  • Five percent reduction in nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended solids by June 30, 2018;
  • Additional 35 percent reduction by June 30, 2023;
  • And the final 60 percent reduction by June 30, 2028.

Mason implemented an urban stream restoration project as the first phase TMDL action plan and exceeded the five percent reduction goal prior to June 30, 2018.

Mason has developed a second phase action plan to meet the next milestone. Review the draft plan at

Comments may be submitted to Jane (Zhongyan) Xu, Facilities, at or via mail: 4400 University Drive, MS 1E4, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030.