Event Title

Addressing Non-Point Source Agricultural Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed through Legal Policies

Presenter Information

Kai Benson, Susquehanna University

Start Date

25-4-2017 12:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2017 1:00 PM

Description

Close to one quarter of land in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is devoted to cropland. The primary pollutants that come out of farming are nutrient from fertilizers and animal waste (nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediment from the loose soil exposed from farming. To combat this, legislation has been put in place on both the federal and state level to reduce the level of pollutants in the waterways. The primary piece of legislation on the federal level is the Clean Water Act(CWA) which covers a wide array of topics all dealing with water pollution. The state level (Pennsylvania) involves both the Clean Streams Law, Non-Point Source Management Program (2008) and Best Management Practices(BMP). The main purpose of this project is to address the current tools in place to help improve the quality of the Bay given the current political situation and the pressure to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Addressing Non-Point Source Agricultural Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed through Legal Policies

Close to one quarter of land in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is devoted to cropland. The primary pollutants that come out of farming are nutrient from fertilizers and animal waste (nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediment from the loose soil exposed from farming. To combat this, legislation has been put in place on both the federal and state level to reduce the level of pollutants in the waterways. The primary piece of legislation on the federal level is the Clean Water Act(CWA) which covers a wide array of topics all dealing with water pollution. The state level (Pennsylvania) involves both the Clean Streams Law, Non-Point Source Management Program (2008) and Best Management Practices(BMP). The main purpose of this project is to address the current tools in place to help improve the quality of the Bay given the current political situation and the pressure to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).