Chesapeake Bay Program
The Chesapeake Bay watershed encompasses approximately 64,000 square miles. It includes parts of six states: New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and also includes all of the District of Columbia.
In Juniata County, the Chesapeake Bay program had focused for years as an agricultural cost-share program, helping landowners afford capital improvements of their operations, including Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as manure handling systems, heavy use area protection, milk house waste systems, etc., to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution on agricultural operations.
In 2005, the focus of the program had changed. Instead of "hard" BMPs (concrete), the focus has now been placed on "soft" BMPs, such as grassed waterways, diversions, terraces, no-till, cover crops, stream buffers, etc.
The Juniata CCD plans to use a watershed-based approach to utilizing our available cost-share funding to assist landowners in installing these"soft" BMPs to support the implementation of their Conservation Plan, which in turn acts as the landowner's Erosion & Sedimentation Control Plan. Target watersheds for 2006-2007 are the Cocolamus Creek Watershed, as well as the Doe Run & Cedar Spring Run Watersheds.
For more information, please contact the District Office (717) 436-8953 extension 5.