Proposal for Establishment of The Wastewater Treatment Workgroup

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					Proposal for Establishment of
 The Wastewater Treatment

     John Murtha, Co-Chair
      IC, March 15, 2007
• August 17, 2006: IC called for merger
 of NSC Point Source Workgroup and
 EPA/State Permitting Workgroup

• Groups have met and agreed to
 recommend a NSC Wastewater
 Treatment Workgroup with the
 following organization and function
      Function: Data Reporting
• Report WWT facility nutrient data to CBP
• Review and approve final data for use in CBWSM,
  indicators and other documents

• Explore use of PCS/ICIS for reporting
  – Avoid double counting/work
  – Assure QA/QC issues resolved

• Develop methods to quantify all dischargers
• Evaluate ability to quantify others point sources
  Function: Tracking Progress
• Develop annual wastewater indicators

• Projections
  – Provide input and review 2030 projections
  – Project WWT nutrient reductions progress
    through 2010 and define “caveats”
  – Provide MASC with anticipated loads through
    2010 for indicators
     • Find ways to show benefits of PS nutrient reductions
     • Consider using case study river (Corsica or Patuxent?) to
       assess wq benefits from PS upgrades
             Function: Trading
• Information sharing on trading programs
• Track credit locations, documentation and use in
• Address issues affecting assumptions
• Ensure EPA Region II/III at state trading meetings to
  identify EPA issues
• Complete Potomac Trading Framework

    Trading focus of 3/28 NSC meeting to determine
   roles for different workgroups but use of offsets in
     PS caps will assure WWT WG interest in trading
        Function: Financing
• Assist in identifying funding sources for WWT
 nutrient reductions
• Support and review PS economic analyses
• Recommend CBP WWT rfp topics and review
• Review and use CBP WWT project reports
• Share info on approaches to financing WWT
 nutrient reductions
Nutrient Reduction Technologies
        and Approaches
• Share NRT knowledge, including construction
 and O&M costs
• Work with LGAC Peer Match Program as
 conduit for information on WWTs
• Evaluate alternative WWT approaches
  –   Spray irrigation
  –   Land application
  –   Reuse
  –   Industrial use
  Function: Onsite Systems and
      Decentralized WWT
• Develop methods for tracking septic nutrient
  reduction progress
• Provide info for WSM on “retired” onsite
• Project onsite system growth in light of wwtp
• Stay abreast of onsite system technical
   Function Tributary strategy
• Most of the above (TWS comment)
• Be aware and lead discussion of federal
 and state WWT policy issues
• Share approaches to accelerate
 nutrient reductions from WWTP in
 support of Tributary Strategies
 Function: Outside Evaluation

• Provide data and analyses requested by
 outside sources
  – OIG, GAO, other feds
  – Other restoration programs
  – LGAC and other local government groups
  – Others?
• Co-Chairs: John Murtha, PA DEP and Region III
    permit lead
•   Staff: Ning Zhou
•   Members:
    –   Pat Gleason, EPA Reg III
    –   Maureen Krudner, EPA Region III
    –   Randy Sovic, WV DEP
    –   Ed Stone, MDE
    –   Marya Levelev, MDE
    –   Anthony Hummel DE DNREC
    –   Peter Freehafer, NY DEC
    –   Kyle Winter, VA DEQ
    –   John Kennedy, VA DEQ
    –   Lee McDonnell, PA DEP
    –   Tanya Spano, MWCOG
    –   Kelly Shenk, EPA CBPO
    –   Sara Parr, Fellow, Chesapeake Research Consortium
• Meet Bi-Monthly
• Voting Procedures: By consensus
  – May have state permitting authority reps
    meet in closed session for permit discussions
• CBP Affiliation: Nutrient Subcommittee
  – Will develop plans for interaction with WQSC,
    TMDL groups and other permitting groups
    over time