Chesapeake Bay Program

Martie Hetherington
Chesapeake Bay Program
(570)622-3742, ext. 3328
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 The Chesapeake Bay Program is a unique federal and state funded program that provides cost share funds and technical assistance on the local level to agricultural operations within the Susquehanna River Watershed for the installation of Best Management Practices (BMPs). The goal of the program is to reduce nutrients entering streams and waterways by the installation of BMPs and the implementation of nutrient management plans. A landowner under a Chesapeake Bay contract can be reimbursed up to 80% of the cost of the BMP's with a limit of $30,000 per landowner. Participants agree to uphold a contract and to maintain the BMPs for a maximum of 10 years. This voluntary program requires the implementation of a nutrient management program involving a nutrient application plan and other associated best management practices (BMPs). The nutrient management plan is a farm specific plan indicating how the major plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) are to be annually managed for expected crop production and for the protection of water quality.

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