Chesapeake Bay Program

watershed mapThe purpose of this program is to assist farmers with the cost of installing agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) within Pennsylvania's portion of the Chesapeake Bay's drainage basin. The BMPs are installed to help with nutrient management, soil erosion, and water control within the farm's operation.

The cost share program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in cooperation with the County Conservation Districts.

Every farm that participates in the Chesapeake Bay Program is provided with a nutrient or manure management plan that is written according to State guidelines and technical assistance from the Conservation District and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The BMPs are typically installed to handle manure on the farm and to help keep clean water clean by stabilizing areas where animals are confined and by diverting clean water away from the manure laden areas. Stabilizing areas that are heavily traveled by animals and equipment will help to reduce sediment pollution as well as nutrient pollution.

For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Program - or to participate, contact our office.