There’s been much news lately concerning Pennsylvania’s commitment to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Despite good news regarding the surge in submerged aquatic vegetation, record crab numbers and continued improvements in water clarity, computer modeling paints a bleak picture concerning PA’s contribution to the Bay. Pennsylvania remains the biggest contributor of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment to the Chesapeake Bay.

To that end, PA began working on a new Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) with an emphasis on local involvement. Adams County agreed to serve as one of four pilot counties to develop this phase three WIP. With the cooperation of the Office of Planning and Development, a WIP was developed which emphasized a three-pronged approach for meeting nutrient and sediment reduction goals established for the county.

Brian Sneeringer is the agricultural conservation technician for the district.

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