"Federal Officials Launch Bay Farm Cleanup Project"

"Federal officials are launching efforts today in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia to enlist farmers in targeted watersheds in a concerted effort to curb pollution running off their land.

The upper Chester River, a 23,000-acre swath of mostly rural land on the Eastern Shore, is the Maryland watershed targeted for a special effort by federal, state and nonprofit agencies.

The aim of the "showcase watersheds," a U.S. Department of Agriculture official said Thursday, is to demonstrate that voluntary cooperation, aided by generous infusions of federal funds, can help restore degraded bay waters without the need for further government regulation of agriculture."

Timothy B. Wheeler reports for the Baltimore Sun June 17, 2010.

Friday, June 18, 2010