During the implementation planning phase of the study, the Steering Committee will review the recommendations of the Science Panel and formulate a plan that achieves and/or maintains water quality protective of designated beneficial uses while also balancing costs and benefits. During this review, the Steering Committee will:
- Evaluate current use designations and the scientific and economic feasibility of achieving the recommended criteria.
- Use water-quality and watershed models to help identify sources of phosphorus and nitrogen, ascertain the reductions required to meet nutrient criteria, and inform decisions on the best ways to reduce nutrient loading.
- Complete a cost evaluation to implement required reductions.
- Evaluate scenarios for achieving the most cost-effective solutions for reducing nutrient pollution.