—During Wednesday's meeting of the Wayne County Conservation District, Shane Kleiner, field rep for NERO, gave an update to the county conservation district Agricultural Complaint Response Policies.
Each district within the Chesapeake Bay County Conservation Districts is required to have one of these policies in place to receive Chesapeake Bay Program Technician funding.
“It's part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan,” said Kleiner.
DEP will include the requirement in the 2013-14 Chesapeake Bay technician funding announcement and contracts. Conservation districts are encouraged to submit their draft policies early and before board adoption. After the policy and implementation procedures are found to be “consistent with major provision of the SCC approved policy,” the districts will receive a letter from DEP and will then be eligible for Chesapeake Bay reimbursement.
Non-Chesapeake Bay Districts wishing to have their policies and implementation procedures acknowledged by DEP may also submit them for review. They should be submitted to Fred Fiscus by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, for review and tracking.
590 Standard Approved
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) updated their PA Technical Guide and the Nutrient Management Practice, Standard Code 590, which provides technical criteria for the “proper application of plant nutrients and soil amendments.”
EPA's agricultural programs, notably the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations program, reference this standard for “addressing nutrient management planning for animal manure.”
Guidance was developed to explain the use of Act 38 nutrient management technical guidance to meet 590 requirements. Current Pennsylvania Chapter 2 regulations meet the erosion criteria to protect water quality.
The Wayne/Pike Envirothon is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7. Study sessions have begun with Canaan Christian Academy and are waiting on dates from Honesdale and Western Wayne High Schools. Those study sessions will take place sometime during March.