(HARRISBURG, PA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Pennsylvania Assistant Executive Director Lee Ann Murray, issued this statement following the announcement of a $265,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, that will be used to enhance pollution reduction efforts in the Juniata River Basin.
"Pennsylvania is significantly behind in meeting its goals for reducing the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment runoff that is polluting our waterways. This grant to the Juniata River Basin Whole Farm Project: Regional Conservation Partnership Program will be used to reduce pollution and improve water quality in that section of the watershed and downstream to the Chesapeake Bay.
"Agriculture is the leading cause of impairment to 19,000 miles of Pennsylvania waterways. This funding will target Lost Creek, Doe Run, and Cedars Springs Run, three waterways in the Juniata River Basin that have been damaged by agricultural pollution.
"With this grant, we expect to reduce about 26,500 pounds of nitrogen, 485 pounds of phosphorus, and 558,000 pounds of sediment a year by implementing practices that include barnyard improvements, waste storage structures, no-till, cover crops, incentivizing the planting of 20 to 25 acres of forested buffers, and installing 17,500 feet of stream fencing."