Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Brubaker introduced Senate Bill 1191 (“Bill”) to address run-off pollution created by non-farm fertilizer. The Bill plans to protect water quality by setting fertilizer application limits on turf areas such as lawns, golf courses, and athletic fields. Additionally, the Bill requires professional fertilizer applicators to receive certification in proper fertilizer application techniques and in best fertilizer management practices. The Bill hopes to help reduce extra nutrients that are entering Bay and are created in part by fertilizer. For the complete Bill Information, please visit the Pennsylvania General Assembly Web site.
The Chesapeake Bay Executive Council (“Council”) held their annual meeting on July 11, 2011, to discuss efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Representatives in attendance included leaders from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Delaware, West Virginia, District of Columbia, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Chesapeake Bay Commission. The Council announced interim progress reports regarding Bay milestones for implementing pollution controls. Specifically, the interim reports illustrate the milestone percentages achieved for the entire Bay and for the individual Bay watershed jurisdictions. For more information please visit the Chesapeake Bay Program’s 2011 Executive Council Meeting Web site.