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farmer.jpgPennsylvania and neighboring states continue to work to clean up our shared waters. This effort is part of the Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan (Phase 3 WIP). The state is working with interested parties in the 43 counties whose waters run to the Chesapeake Bay to create Countywide Action Plans. These plans will outline how the county's share of the state's 2025 pollution reduction goals are met.

Successful planning depends on a diverse group of local participants getting involved. This planning can help your community solve local problems while meeting its share of the state's goals. Following through will lead to vibrant local communities and economies.

The state believes that the path to success starts at the local level, and farmers are an important part of the solution. You understand your land and your farm better than anyone. By installing BMPs you can help improve local water quality and soil health. If you join this effort, you can shape the mix of BMPs your community uses to meet its pollution reduction goals. It's an opportunity for you to continue to make a difference for your friends and neighbors.

Benefits of Success

If the Phase 3 WIP effort is a success, agriculture will enjoy:

  • Improved soil health and retention 
  • Increased profitability for farms
  • Reduced tillage costs
  • Credit for existing BMPs
  • Stronger voice in environmental planning
  • Positive public perception

Consequences of Failure

If the Phase 3 WIP effort is a failure, the consequences for agriculture could include: 

  • More regulation/government oversight on all farms
  • Higher costs for compliance
  • Missed funding opportunities
  • Impaired streams in your backyard