Agricultural groups in Ohio and Indiana pushed back hard on a report from the Environmental Working Group showing that 90% of livestock operations in the Western Lake Erie Basin that are not required to obtain discharge permits account for most of the manure produced there.
The health of the Chesapeake Bay took center stage at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing Wednesday, as a Maryland senator threatened legal action to ensure Pennsylvania meets its goals under the federal-state plan to clean up the estuary.
Farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin are concerned they will have to develop nutrient management plans and restrict fertilizer applications if a state panel agrees with Gov. John Kasich that watersheds in that area of the state are “in distress.”
Ohio's Soil and Water Conservation Commission has decided to have a subcommittee look at Gov. John Kasich's plan to develop rules to regulate the use of commercial fertilizer and manure in northwest Ohio.
The health of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, is steadily improving, a strong indication that the six-state-plus-Washington, D.C. effort known as the Chesapeake Bay TMDL is working to reduce pollutants in the Bay watershed.