Environmental group says poultry farms and state aren't doing enough to reduce Chesapeake pollution

Two new reports released Monday suggest the agriculture industry and state aren't doing enough to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Last Monday on "In Focus," we told you about farmers' efforts, with the help of Natural Resources Conservation Service , to implement conservation practices on their land to reduce polluted runoff.
 
But the non-partisan, non-profit Environmental Integrity Project says poultry farms are primarily to blame for phosphorus hotspots on the Eastern Shore.
 
The group evaluated phosphorus levels from 2003 to 2013 in the eight major waterways on the Eastern Shore and found no improvement. Its report said three rivers actually worsened.
 
Phosphorus pollution can spur excessive algae growth, which can lead to low oxygen levels; it essentially creates dead zones in the water, making it difficult for fish and other organisms to survive.
 
The EIP is calling on the state to implement a phosphorus management tool, which would identify the most polluted fields most likely to produce phosphorus runoff.
 
It also wants the state or Environmental Protection Agency to monitor streams next to farms to see if farmers' conservation efforts are actually working.
 
You can read the full reports here: Poultry's Phosphorus Problem and Murky Waters .
 
 
 
 
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