The Chesapeake Bay Program
The Chesapeake Bay Program has been in place since 1985 with the goal of reducing nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment to our streams and rivers which eventually make their way to the Chesapeake Bay. A goal of complete reduction in pollutants has been set for 2025. Reduction in pollution is achieved through the implementation of Manure Management/Nutrient Management Plans and Ag Erosion and Sediment Control/Conservation Plans as well as the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs). These BMPs include grassed waterways and diversions, no-till practices, cover crops, manure storages, concrete heavy use areas, and many other practices.
Funding is available for the implementation of BMPs on agricultural operations that have natural resource concerns on their farm. Please contact the Cumberland County Conservation District at 717-240-7812 for more details.