(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—As of Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation had insufficient information to make a judgment about Governor Hogan's proposed regulations of poultry manure application. The Governor announced the rule at a 4:30 pm press conference on Monday, but did not provide a draft of the proposed regulations. Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director, had this to say:
"We are pleased the governor recognizes that excess manure application on farm fields in Maryland is a serious issue, just as scientists have been noting for years. Poultry manure is high in phosphorus. Many fields already are saturated with phosphorus. Because crops cannot use the excess phosphorus, it leaches off into nearby creeks, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, contributing to dead zones of low oxygen. We learned general information about the proposal Monday afternoon, and are hoping to obtain a copy of the actual proposed regulation as soon as possible. Without such details, we are withholding judgment. Once we are able to review the full proposal we hope that the Hogan Administration will allow the environmental community a chance to help shape this policy. In the meantime, we fully support SB 257 and HB 381 which are intended to solve the manure crisis through legislation."