(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement today following an announcement by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation of a $200,000 grant to CBF through the Upper Potomac Agricultural Stewardship Program (MD and WV) to work with farmers to adopt agricultural best management practices to improve water quality, increase productivity of farming operations, and enhance wildlife habitat:
"This will be money well invested. Reducing pollution from farms is one of the most cost-effective ways to clean up local creeks and rivers, and to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
"For three decades CBF has been helping farmers install conservation practices. In counties such as Frederick, Carroll, and Washington in Maryland, for instance, we help arrange financial and technical assistance, and recruit volunteers to plant riparian buffers. In Frederick County alone, our volunteers have planted about 20,000 trees along pasture streams in the past 10 years to protect them from possible farm pollution. That work has helped prevent 36 tons of sediment pollution from reaching Frederick streams."