"Pennsylvania Hindering Chesapeake Bay Cleanup"

"Pennsylvania is falling far short of goals for reducing agricultural water pollutants and urban and suburban runoff that are damaging the ecological health of the Chesapeake Bay, according to a new report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Choose Clean Water Coalition.

And bay advocates say a big reason is the state Department of Environmental Protection cuts in staffing and funding for programs promoting agricultural best practices.

The report released today?" data-html-class="libCommentCollapse"> shows that the state, which is the largest contributor of nitrogen pollution damaging the bay, isn't close to meeting goals for planting stream and river side forest buffers, conservation tillage, nutrient application management and erosion and sedimentation control — all agricultural practices aimed at improving soil health and reducing sediment and nitrogen runoff."

Don Hopey reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette June 10, 2014.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014