Tuesday, July 21, 2015

DEP To Sit Down With Stakeholders On Plan To Meet PA Clean Water Commitments

DEP Secretary John Quigley told the Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday DEP is in the process of developing a plan for rebooting Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts which it plans to review with stakeholders over the coming months.
As he has in the past, Secretary Quigley said Pennsylvania has not met its Chesapeake Bay cleanup commitments, in spite of investing over $4 billion since 1985.  He pointed out, in particular, that voluntary compliance from farming operations has not achieved the results needed to meet commitments.
Quigley said the Department of Agriculture is also preparing an application for additional federal funding with several public and private partners to fund conservation efforts to exclude livestock from streams and to install stream buffers.
EPA sent a letter to DEP on May 4 outlining the potential steps it would take if Pennsylvania does not act to meet its Chesapeake Bay cleanup commitments.
Quigley also noted the comment period for Pennsylvania’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan just closed and the agency is in the process of reviewing the comments and finalizing the plan.

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