|From the Desk of Harry Campbell
Legislative Discussions, Tree Plantings, and Greening Up Harrisburg
CBF's Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell.
It was a very busy summer! Be sure to visit our website routinely and join our action alert network to keep up to date on our efforts.
Just last week we hosted a stakeholders meeting at the state Capitol for the General Assembly and partners to discuss current and proposed legislation to improve water quality locally and in the Bay. Finding truly cost-effective ways to meet Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay cleanup milestones, and Clean Water Blueprint goals to improve water quality was the focus of the gathering.
A very engaged bipartisan group of legislators, partners from agricultural, municipal, environmental interested, state agencies, and others joined us for the day, with informative conversations about pollution sources to local streams, rivers, and the Bay. Specifically, the conversation focused on ways that Pennsylvania, through various on-farm best management practices, can better deal with the overabundance of nitrogen and phosphorus produced through excess manure and over application. While both nutrients, in proper amounts, are part of a balanced ecosystem, in excess they can cause large problems in the Bay, the Susquehanna River, and local streams.
Support for the stakeholders meeting was made possible through the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, a nonprofit grant maker focused on improving water quality.
Continuing our partnerships with farmers, organizations, and local governments, CBF members and volunteers came out in full-force to plant trees along streams to reduce pollution impacts, improve water quality, and provide habitat for wildlife. If you are interested in helping out with plantings this fall and in the future, contact Kate Austin, our grassroots field specialist.
And finally, we have embarked on something brand new: "Green it Up Harrisburg," the first environmental leadership training offered through CBF's Pennsylvania office and our partners in the Harrisburg City Beautiful 2.0 movement. Twenty-seven future environmental leaders are participating in the training, which runs October 8 through November 26, 2013.
The goal is to provide participants with the tools and contacts to enable them to become strong community leaders, volunteers, and advocates—and to improve the city of Harrisburg by "greening it up"—literally.
To learn more about our projects, initiatives, legislative updates, or to volunteer and join our action network, be sure to visit our website.
Pennsylvania Executive Director
Chesapeake Bay Foundation