to ensure achieving the goals. The committee considered “the goals” to include the long-term nutrient and sediment reduction goals and subsequent recovery of the Bay ecosystem, not just the first two-year milestone goals. In addition, the committee considered both practices and policies that could improve the likelihood of achieving the goals, because the feasibility of implementing specific practices is often affected by broader policy decisions.

The committee’s conclusions and recommendations are based on a review of relevant technical literature, briefings, and discussions at its four meetings and the experience and knowledge of the committee members in their fields of expertise. Following this brief introduction, the statement of task is addressed in four subsequent chapters of this report:

• In Chapter 2, the committee assesses the tracking and accounting for BMPs and infrastructure upgrades for nutrient and sediment control and identifies key issues facing the Bay jurisdictions and the CBP (Tasks 1, 2, and 3). The committee also identifies ways to improve tracking and accounting procedures.

• In Chapter 3, the committee evaluates the two-year milestone strategy and, based on the information presented, discusses the likelihood of achieving the nutrient reduction goals for the first milestone period (Task 4).

• In Chapter 4, the committee assesses the CBP’s adaptive management approaches (Task 5), and identifies the challenges to and opportunities for using adaptive management to meet nutrient and sediment reduction goals.

• In Chapter 5, the committee describes overarching issues affecting achievement of the nutrient reduction goals (Task 6), and discusses improvements that, if implemented, could enhance the likelihood of achieving the program goals.

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