On Aug. 22, 2011, the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service announced awarding a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG), in the amount of $848,424, to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The grant is to be dispersed to five Bay-area states set to participate in the NFWF manure-to-energy program (DE, PA, MD, VA, WV). The program is aimed at generating income to support improvements in Chesapeake Bay water quality, while at the same time providing opportunity for farmers to convert waste to energy and income. In addition to the NFWF award, newly announced CIG grants support innovative proposals addressing natural resources, livestock operation odor, expansion of solar energy use on farms, reclaiming of mining lands, and development of ecosystem markets.
At Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 17, 2011, Ross H. Pifer, Director of the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center, presented The Clean Water Act and What it Means for Pennsylvania's Producers. The presentation gave attendees background on the Chesapeake Bay and its restoration; the general legal framework effecting the Bay; and current legal developments including the Clean Water Act, the Chesapeake Bay Program, and Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Loads.
On August 3, 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) held a Phase II Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (“Phase II WIP”) Summit to discuss the ongoing development of Pennsylvania’s Phase II WIP.As with other Bay watershed jurisdictions, Pennsylvania is required to submit to EPA WIPs that detail how the jurisdiction plans to meet the pollution allocations set by the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Loads.Previously, Pennsylvania had submitted to EPA their Phase I WIP and is now currently drafting their Phase II WIP.The summit allowed the public and local officials to comment on the development of the Phase II WIP and how Pennsylvania should meet pollution reductions at the local level.For more information on the summit please view DEP’s News Release.