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Harry Campbell, CBF Pennsylvania Executive Director, at the WITF studio.  Credit: WITF 89.5Image credit: WITF 89.5

CBF Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell (left) and Smart Talkradio host Scott LaMar discuss CBF's "Clean Water Counts" campaign goals of making clean water a priority and increasing funding to do so on the August 29, 2014 show.


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CLEAN WATER COUNTS

Boy in Fishing Creek near Lightstreet, PA  Photo by Michelle YostIs your stream clean enough for your child to play in it safely? Nearly 20,000 miles of Pennsylvania's waterways are not.  Photo by Michelle Yost

To County Commissioners: Clean Water Resolutions Needed Now!

How clean is your stream? According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) most recent statewide water quality survey, it's very likely that a stream or river near you is polluted. In fact, nearly one-quarter, almost 20,000 miles, of the creeks, rivers, and lakes that we rely on for recreation, and for drinking and household uses, are polluted.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is calling on Pennsylvania officials to make clean water a priority, to commit the needed resources, and to ensure that our 83,000 miles of waterways are ALL clean.

Healthy families, strong communities, and a thriving Pennsylvania economy depend on it.  

We are urging county commissioners to pass Clean Water Counts resolutions that call on the Commonwealth to prioritize funding and increase investments for clean water, and your help is needed.

Please show your support for clean water by signing the Clean Water Counts online petition, today!

The goal is to have thousands of signatures to present to county commissioners by October 18th, the anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

 

About CBF's Pennsylvania Watershed Restoration Program

Pasture land before installing streamside fencingFarm before restoration. Livestock have direct access to stream.

Pasture after installing streamside fencing

Farm restoration with forested buffer planted and livestock fencing installed.

Photos by CBF Staff

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) works with farmers and landowners throughout the region to improve the health of Pennsylvania's rivers and streams. Our staff of restoration specialists provide one-on-one technical assistance in the implementation of agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) that improve farm sustainability and significantly reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution to local waterways.

CBF's approach to restoration integrates multiple programs, funding sources, and BMPs into a whole-farm approach. Our creative and cost-effective methods improve water quality, and solve on-farm production, management, and waste problems.

Our restoration team recognizes the need to balance economic viability with environmental sustainability, and that each farm and situation is unique. Working with farmers and partners like the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, county conservation districts, and private consultants, our team provides the right technical knowledge and assistance to addresses natural resource concerns while improving farm management.

The end result is cleaner waters and more profitable, sustainable, and environmentally responsible farms.

Public and private funds are strategically utilized to restore watersheds in areas with high concentrations of polluted runoff from agricultural activities. Some of the BMPs include: conservation and nutrient management plans, forested riparian buffers, streambank fencing, barnyard improvements, and field practices such as rotational grazing and no-till. Many of these practices result in reduced soil erosion, improved soil health, and healthier streams.

 

PRESS RELEASES

CBF Applauds Commisioners for Adopting Clean Water Resolution

10.01.14 - Northumberland County

09.24.14 - Luzerne County

09.22.14 - Berks County

09.18.14 - Westmoreland County

09.17.14 - York County

09.12.14 - Wyoming County

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