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Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Program is a cost share program which has addressing non-point source pollution to make water quality improvements as its focus.  Non-point source pollution is all pollution in which you do not have a specific known source for that pollution.  Point source pollution is all pollution that has a known source.  An example of non-point source pollution would be eroded sediment in a stream.  An example of point source pollution would be a pipe that carries sewage into a stream.

Over the past few years the Chesapeake Bay Program has switched its focus from agricultural lands that were farmed prior to 1984 to all sources of non-point solution due to increased project costs and funding limits.  Originally, the Chesapeake Bay Program would provide cost share funds to farmers to install concrete manure handling systems as a way to increase water quality through better manure management and manure handling.  The main goal of the program today is to spread money further by getting away from engineered projects.

In order to have a project funded today, non-point source pollution source must be addressed in a county’s Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy.  Each county’s tributary strategy is a guide to how it plans to address it county specific non-point source pollution problem areas.  A few examples of the types of projects that could be done in Lycoming County under the guidance of the Lycoming County Tributary Strategy include planting cover crop, stream bank stabilization and stream bank restoration projects, urban nutrient management planning, joining a crop management association, and installing stream bank fencing.

Additional Information

If you are interesting in learning more about this program, please contact Rod Morehart at the Lycoming County Conservation District at (570) 433-3003 or at (570) 329-4004.

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