Chesapeake Bay watershed implementation plan initiatives; nutrient management plans for cropland. (SB704)

Introduced By

Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan initiatives; nutrient management plans; stream exclusion. Sets December 31, 2025, as the target date to achieve the water quality goals contained in Virginia's final Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The bill provides that if the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and the Secretary of Natural Resources (the Secretaries) jointly determine on or after July 1, 2026, that such goals have not been met by a combination of agricultural best management conservation practices, including the coverage of a sufficient portion of Chesapeake Bay cropland by nutrient management plans or the installation of a sufficient number of livestock stream exclusion practices, then certain provisions requiring the use of nutrient management plans and livestock stream exclusions shall become effective. The bill directs the Secretaries to convene a stakeholder advisory group to review annual progress toward the implementation of agricultural commitments in the WIP, develop a process to assist in creating nutrient management plans, and develop a plan for the stream exclusion program. The measure also directs the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board to establish by December 31, 2020, the official method for identifying perennial streams and directs the Department of Conservation and Recreation to establish by July 1, 2021, a portable stream fencing practice for inclusion in the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practice Cost-Share Program. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105196D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB704)
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20107648D-S1
02/04/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/06/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20107786D-S2
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Committee substitute rejected 20107648D-S1
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107786D-S2
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB704S2
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB704S2)
02/19/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108599D-H1
02/21/2020Read second time
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108599D-H1
02/24/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB704H1
02/24/2020Passed House with substitute (78-Y 21-N)
02/24/2020VOTE: Passage (78-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Title replaced 20108599D-H1
02/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB704H1)
03/04/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB704ER)
03/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB704ER)
03/05/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1186 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1186)


Anthony LaRocco writes:

Keeping bovine waste out of the Chesapeake Bay watershed is a must to ensure the long term health of the Bay. In addition, bovine waste poses an immediate health hazard from potential E coli contamination, which can seriously harm or even kill those exposed. Please pass this bill!