Maryland Department of Agriculture Adopts Regulations to Help Protect the Chesapeake Bay from Manure Pollution

In comments sent to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the Pew Environment Group urged the agency to finalize new regulations to improve controls on pollution from manure entering the Chesapeake Bay. Those regulations were adopted on Oct. 5, 2012 and are effective Oct. 15, 2012.

Maryland is known for its chicken production, which generates thousands of tons of manure.  Much of that manure is stored and later applied to crop fields as fertilizer, but when stored inadequately, used in amounts beyond what crops need, or applied at the wrong time, excess nutrients and other manure pollutants can end up in the waters of the Chesapeake and its tributaries.

Maryland has been a leader in conservation and environmental protection, and the improvements to the current nutrient management regulations on manure storage and application are another critical step in the effort to protect water quality, human health, and the state's economy.

See the Maryland Department of Agriculture's press release here.

Read the original letter from Pew: