Thursday, March 23, 2023

DEP Releases 2022 Progress Report On Improving Water Quality In PA’s Portion Of The Chesapeake Bay Watershed

latest update from DEP on the Chesapeake Bay Plan implementation includes the 2022 Progress Report summary that highlights actions taken over the last two years to meet Bay cleanup milestones.

Among the highlights are--

-- $220 million in PA Clean Streams Funding to support nutrient and sediment reduction using federal American Rescue Plan funding;

-- Increase in water infrastructure funding through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law;

-- Expending technical assistance for animal waste systems, installation of riparian forest buffers and urban forestry, grass to meadow development, wastewater plant performance improvements;

-- Updating the NPDES General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations;

-- Updating the Manure Management Manual Guidance Document; and 

-- Updating the Stormwater Management BMP Manual.

Click Here for a summary reportClick Here for full report.

Other Update Highlights

-- PA Protects additional 3,047 acres of farmland in 21 counties

-- Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Mini Grants Awarded

-- Turtle Creek Northcentral PA Stream Restoration Partnership Success Story

-- Chesapeake Research Consortium Webinar: Clean Water Solutions For Agriculture

-- Commonwealth Financing Authority: Act 13 Watershed Restoration, Recreation Grants

-- Keep PA Beautiful Healing The Planet Grants

-- NRCS Request For Information On National Water Quality Index

-- NRCS-PA Proposals To Improve Opportunities For Students To Pursue Ag Careers

-- NRCS Accepting Application For Conservation Stewardship Grants

-- Chesapeake Bay Commission 2022 Annual Report

-- County Updates: Adams, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster

Click Here to read DEP’s entire Chesapeake Bay Plan implementation update.

Visit DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed webpage to learn more about cleaning up rivers and streams in Pennsylvania's portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates on Pennsylvania’s progress.


-- Warren Times: Stream Restoration Undertaken On Farnsworth Branch In Allegheny National Forest By Western PA Conservancy, Warren Conservation District, Trout Unlimited

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal - Ad Crable: Pennsylvania Finds Widespread Problems With Invasive Species And Aims To Tackle Them 

Related Articles:

-- Greening The Grey: Engineering Natural Solutions For Stormwater Management  [PaEN]

-- Coalition To Save Old Crow Wetland: Rutter's Development Threatens Old Crow Mitigation Wetland In Huntingdon County - By Claire Holzner, Coalition To Save Old Crow Wetland  [PaEN]

-- The Nature Conservancy Receives $4.25 Million In Combined Investments For Appalachians. Conservation, Including Along Kittatinny Ridge  [PaEN]

[Posted: March 23, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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