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Water quality efforts working, bay program reports

Water quality efforts working, bay program reports
The Chesapeake Bay Program announced March 26 that water quality in the bay met its highest level since monitoring began in 1985, besting its previous record reported in 2017.



Farmers commended for keeping waterways clean, educating legislators

Farmers commended for keeping waterways clean, educating legislators
Virginia farmers received praise for their stewardship and political involvement Jan. 27 from a state official and a delegate whose district is urban and suburban.



Supreme Court declines to hear challenge of EPA plan for bay

The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 29 declined to hear a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay, upholding the contested plan for bay cleanup goals for 2025.



Bay foundation reports more grasses, crabs and oysters

Bay foundation reports more grasses, crabs and oysters
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has reported that crab and oyster populations and the presence of underwater grasses have increased in the bay.



Bay celebration to showcase farm conservation efforts

Bay celebration to showcase farm conservation efforts
Virginia farmers will be part of a June 10 celebration marking Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.



Environment-friendly projects may be eligible for assistance

Environment-friendly projects may be eligible for assistance
Virginia’s soil and water conservation districts historically have helped farmers implement conservation practices, but now they are helping homeowners as well.



EPA: Chesapeake Bay clean-up progressing in Virginia

A 2014-2015 interim report card on efforts by Virginia farmers to reduce pollutants reaching the Chesapeake Bay found producers are “generallyon-track for meeting programmatic milestones” in a multi-year effort.



Businesses, members of Congress, 22 states urge Supreme Court review of EPA bay ‘blueprint’

A wave of supporters filed friend-of-the-court briefs on Dec. 9, joining the American Farm Bureau Federation in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to micromanage state land-use and development decisions under the guise of the Chesapeake Bay water quality "blueprint."



Resource Management Plan program exceeds first-year goal

Since Virginia launched its Resource Management Plan program in July 2014, 278 plans have been developed for farms in the commonwealth’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.



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