It’s not enough to preserve Pennsylvania farmland – we need to ensure that future generations are ready and able to continue working our land. That is the mission of the..
At The Pennsylvania Agricultural Ombudsman Program, they believe in creating connections that allow parties experiencing a conflict to find common ground and work toward better relationships with each other. They serve state-wide as a liason to communities for conflict management on issues affecting agriculture, land use, environment, and planning.
Riparian buffers are useful to anyone owning property along a stream, river, lake, or wetland. Native plants (buffers) are used to create a habitat for wildlife, as well as to help slow and filter water running off property of sediment, pesticides, and nutrients, therefore improving the quality of local waterways and larger bodies of water, like the Chesapeake Bay, where these excess materials eventually end up (Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay).
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) understands that severe damage and disruption that flooding can cause to residents, businesses and municipal governments, and the importance of prevention when possible, and rapid recovery when necessary. DEP strives to assist Pennsylvania communities by ensuring that stream work is done in an environmentally responsible manner, and in a way that reduces the likelihood of future problems.
Chesapeake Bay Commission’s 2017 Report: “Boots on the Ground: Improving Technical Assistance for Farmers”
Farmers have been — and will continue to be — critical to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and the thousands of miles of local streams and rivers that provide the Bay’s life-blood of clean water. Since the beginning of the restoration effort, farmers working with agricultural conservation professionals have planted cover crops, practiced no-till crop management, established and maintained streamside buffers, and performed a litany of other conservation measures at an unprecedented scale. Their work is now paying the dividend of cleaner water.
Water quality in Pennsylvania must be restored and protected. Our local streams, rivers, and lakes provide drinking water to Pennsylvanians. They also provide recreation and wildlife and aquatic habitat. Since our local waters flow into larger water bodies, Pennsylvania is partnering with surrounding states to achieve significant, measurable water quality improvements in regional water resources such as the Chesapeake Bay. Since 1985, Pennsylvania has invested $4 billion toward local water quality improvements which support Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. The investment has resulted in improved local water quality as well as in the Bay, but there is much more that must be done in Pennsylvania to provide clean water locally and regionally. Computer models show that Pennsylvania is doing well in addressing phosphorus loadings to the Bay; however, Pennsylvania needs to take additional steps to address local and regional nitrogen and sediment reduction goals.