In June 2002 Governor Bob Wise signed the Chesapeake Bay Program Water Quality Initiative Memorandum of Understanding. By signing this memo, West Virginia agreed to develop goals and objectives to reduce nutrient and sediment loads. Reductions of 33% for nitrogen, 35% for phosphorus, and 6% for sediment were needed between 2002 and 2010.
In May 2009, President Obama issued an Executive Order to increase federal commitment and actions to support restoration efforts of local governments, nonprofit groups and citizens and to require federal lands and facilities to lead by example in environmental stewardship. EPA then proceeded with the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), which was released on December 29, 2010.
West Virginia's Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) describes how the federal, state, and local governments will achieve the pollution load reductions. WIP strategies address new, existing, and expanded sources of nutrients and sediments. A Phase II WIP includes more detailed information.