Thursday 27 April 2017

Phosphorous Pollution (17)

Dairy farmers, wastewater agencies seek easing of winter ban on spreading nutrient-rich wastes on fields The only objection voiced at the meeting to the changes came from the audience. Jeffrey H. Horstman, executive director of the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, said that the rule had been compromised enough. In 2012, he said, environmentally oriented lawmakers introduced the manure restrictions as legislation, and the department and farmers pushed instead for regulation to increase flexibility. Then, he said, the farmers received four more years to comply. “I’m not sure if this is a compromise, a rollback, or a (reneging) on the deal,” Horstman said. “A unilateral rollback of this regulation would be detrimental. And a lot of people have gone out and met these regulations. So, don’t (renege) on the deal. I know it’s not all about making it easy for farmers. It’s also about protecting our environment.” READ MORE: Bay Journal, July 6, 2016
Q&A With Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips: Large-Scale Poultry Operations ‘Raising A Lot Of Concerns’ On Shore Kathy Phillips has been on the front lines of the ongoing debate between the region's enviornmentalist and agriculture advocates for years as the Assateague Coastkeeper and as the head of the Assateague Coastal Trust.  Phillips says finding the balance between preserving and protecting the region's natural resources and not over-regulating one of the shore's biggest and longest standing industries is often frustrating and difficult. But in recent months, new voices speaking out against large-industrial scale farms popping up on the shore have joined the debate and she believes those voices could be a factor in making the type of strides and progress that environmentalists have been longing for.  Read more: The Dispatch, May 12, 2016
All that feces being produced saturates the Eastern Shore with phosphorus and nitrogen, said Betsy Nicholas, executive director of the organization Waterkeepers Chesapeake. “A little bit of chicken manure can be great. You can use it as a fertilizer,” she said. “But when you have too much, it runs off into our waterways, causing excess pollution.” Nicholas said the pollution can kill fish, create algae blooms, and even affect the waterways that provide drinking water to the Baltimore and Washington metro areas. The new bill would require the companies that own the birds to clean up the waste in an environmentally friendly way. READ MORE: WYPR 88.1 FM, February 23, 2016