(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following the O'Malley Administration's submission of proposed Phosphorus Management Tool regulations to the Maryland Joint Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review committee (AELR). The Tool was developed by University of Maryland scientists after 10 years of study:
"We can't give up on the Eastern Shore, where pollution is getting worse because 228,000 tons of excess manure is spread on fields each year. If we don't approve this regulation, we are condemning the residents and businesses on the Shore to dirty water.
"Scientists have developed a solution—a better farm "tool" to manage manure. It can increase a farmer's profit long term. It also can create new jobs. Phosphorus is a commodity that the Shore can sell.
"A recent cost analysis of the tool doesn't alter the facts: without the tool we will never have clean water on the Eastern Shore. The state can be flexible and offer financial help to farmers in the short term. Farmers can also help themselves with smarter farming. The poultry integrators can also play a larger role as leaders in Maryland's agricultural community.
"We are grateful that this solution is being advanced to finally clean the creeks and rivers of the Eastern Shore. We look forward to working with the administration of Governor-elect Hogan and leadership in General Assembly to find the best way to implement the rule. There is no other way. We can't delay."