phosphorus and sediment are major nonpoint source pollutants in the streams,
rivers, and lakes in Pennsylvania’s 43 counties in the Chesapeake Bay
watershed. In large quantities, they choke out underwater plants and deprive fish
and other aquatic life of oxygen, harming our local waters as well as the Bay, resulting
in human health, environmental, and economic damage.
a main contributor of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment. In fact, Pennsylvania
is responsible for fully 69 percent of the nitrogen reduction the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency requires for the Chesapeake Bay by 2025. With more
than 33,000 farms in our 43 counties in the watershed, agriculture is
responsible for 80 percent of that reduction. (Residential, golf course, and
other use of fertilizers carried by stormwater runoff account for a large part
of the remainder.)
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the farming community in the
Pennsylvania counties in the Bay watershed are partnering with DEP to tackle
the problem of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution in our local waters
while keeping a healthy agricultural economy.