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USDA – Conservation Measures Have Reduced Runoff to Chesapeake Bay

The agriculture industry's impact to water quality is very significant and the USDA has been doing its part to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay – to the tune of $650 million over the past 5 years.  This investment is paying off.   A recent study shows that there has been a reduction of phosphorous and nitrogen levels in the Bay since 2006.   These signs of improvement are encouraging, but there is still much that will need to be accomplished in order to re-establish the Bay’s ecosystem.   Read more about it from the Hampton Roads Pilot Online here. Additional news coverage of the announcemetn from NewsLeader.com...

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The Shared Responsibility of TMDL Planning

As legislation continues to be deliberated by the Virginia General Assembly, local officials in central Virginia are taking some of the first steps to comply with EPA guidance. Still, many land owners- both private and public entities - contest that EPA standards unfairly impact each of them. How can we make sense of these views? The following article published in Charlottesville Tomorrow, a non-profit organization which focuses attention on growth and development issues before local government in the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle published the following article citing viewpoints from the Southern Environmental Law Center, the American Farm Bureau Federation, as well as a representative from Albemarle County.  http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2011/02/tmdl-update.html...

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