Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load

Restoring the Bay
 With the goal of restoring the Chesapeake Bay to health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a pollution diet to set limits on the amount of pollutants that can enter the Bay and its tributaries. This limit is known as the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

As a community with a municipal stormwater permit, James City County must take action to reduce the pollutants leaving the County in stormwater runoff to the levels dictated by the TMDL. Reducing storm runoff pollution is a long-term effort, and the County has until 2028 to accomplish the needed reductions.

In order to utilize County resources effectively and provide information to the Commonwealth of Virginia and EPA, the County has developed a Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan which describes how the County will meet the pollution diet.