Polluted Runoff from Agricultural Lands

Our Waterkeepers are working to reduce agricultural pollution in the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay and coastal watersheds. As the largest source of pollution, reducing agricultural pollution is essential to meeting the pollution reduction goals of the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan (TMDL).

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Our  Fair Farms campaign is building a fair and just food system through a movement of Marylanders of all stripes, working together for a new food system — one that’s fair to farmers, invests in homegrown, healthy food, and restores our waterways instead of polluting them.

The Million Acre Challenge helps Maryland farmers build soil health, increase farm profitability, and improve water quality — while making farms resilient and active in the face of climate change. This farmer-focused collaborative uses soil health science, economics, education, and incentives to achieve no fewer than one million acres of healthy soil in Maryland by 2030.

The Enforcement, Engagement, and Empowerment for Change on the Eastern Shore (E3) Initiative seeks to defend and implement pollution-reducing policies; pressure government and industry to meet community-led demands for accountability and solutions; accurately track agricultural pollution impacts on water and people; and create a level playing field for small and sustainable farmers. E3’s work focuses on enforcement of environmental laws, advocacy for policy reform, community organizing, and operation of new citizen air and water monitoring networks. E3 aims to ensure that any expansion of the poultry industry on Maryland’s Eastern Shore does not harm the health of local residents or pollute waterways.

Latest Posts

In Response to Lawsuit, EPA Pledges to Strengthen Standards for Slaughterhouse Water Pollution

In a victory for clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on September 9, 2021, that it will update grossly outdated water-pollution control standards for the slaughterhouse industry. The announcement follows a December 2019 lawsuit Waterkeepers Chesapeake joined with several other community and conservation organizations challenging its prior decision not to do so. In … Read more

A Bittersweet Goodbye

Dear Fair Farms Community, I’m reaching out to share the bittersweet news that I’m transitioning out of my role as Fair Farms Campaign Manager. I started working with Fair Farms just after it’s launch almost six years ago. Since joining the team, I have had the chance to more deeply explore my interest in food … Read more

‘Cureating’ the Local Food System We Deserve

‘Cureating’ the Local Food System We Deserve Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern  Fair Farms recently spoke with Cureate’s Founder Kim Bryden, a Fair Farms partner, about the innovative ways her food tech company is transforming the local food system. Food tech merges technology and the agrifood industry in order to modernize agriculture and … Read more

May 20: ‘Our Food Future’ from Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The E3 Initiative For Citizen Engagement On The Lower Shore is pleased to present a virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, May 20th. Virtual lobby doors open at 6:30 pm, with films beginning at 7:00 pm. Register and buy your tickets here! How food is grown affects our planet in a multitude of ways. From … Read more

Journey to Soil Health… With Sam White and Amanda Paul, Leaning Pine Farm

By Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms intern. This piece was originally posted on the Million Acre Challenge website. Established: 1939 Farm Size: 177 acres, plus an additional 100 acres rented in pasture and hay. Product/Output: Beef, Raspberries, Free Range Eggs, Honey Region: Western Allegany County Favorite Piece of Farm Equipment: Bobcat 3400 Side by Side and … Read more