Manure/Nutrient Management
Chesapeake Bay Program
Agricultural Best Management Practices
Conservation Plan
Ag E&S Plan
Ag Home
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Conewago Creek Initiative
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Organized in 1983, the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) focuses on reducing nonpoint source pollution of Pennsylvania's waters that flow into, and subsequently pollute, the Chesapeake Bay. The program is aimed at reducing the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous (nutrients) in the water, as these nutrients degrade water quality and habitat for aquatic life. Agricultural operations contribute the greatest amount of nonpoint source pollution, as runoff from farms carries high levels of nutrients from fertilizers and pesticides, as well as sediment. Specialized structures and farming techniques called Best Management Practices (BMPs) are designed to control erosion and nutrient runoff. DCCD's role under this program is to provide assistance for implementing BMPs in order to promote their use among the agricultural community.
Chesapeake Bay Program
Map of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Program
CBP is supported by a network of education, planning, technical assistance, and financial support. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Technical assistance for BMP installation is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Click here to download a copy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 2014 State of the Bay report.

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