Harry Campbell, Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Pennsylvania, issued this statement Friday on the findings of a survey documenting voluntary water pollution reduction efforts by farmers in the Commonwealth’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed--
“The impressive number of pollution reduction measures reported and verified by the survey shows there is a culture of stewardship among the agricultural community in Pennsylvania.
“Farmers want to do the right thing to make their land productive, and in some cases are willing to use their own funds to care for the health of our rivers and streams.
“The commendable and collaborative efforts by Penn State University, the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Agriculture, and farmers across the Commonwealth have created a methodology that can serve as model for identifying volunteer pollution reduction efforts on farms in the other Bay states.
“While it is good news that there is so many more miles of streambank fencing, stream buffers, and other practices that can be counted toward pollution reduction, with over 6,700 miles of rivers and streams impaired by agriculture, the work is far from over in Pennsylvania.”
More information on Pennsylvania’s strategy for comply with Chesapeake Bay clean water mandates, is available on DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Office webpage.
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