|The Chesapeake Bay
The Chesapeake Bay Program was founded in 1983 with the goal of restoration of the nation’s largest estuary and its watershed. By setting goals and tracking progress, the program holds partners accountable for their work while developing new agreements based on the best available science to attain restoration success.
As work progressed, on June 16, 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement was signed that included representatives from the entire watershed including, for the first time, the Bay’s headwater states as full partners in the Bay Program.
This plan for collaboration across the Bay’s political boundaries establishes goals and outcomes for the restoration of the Bay, its tributaries and the lands that surround them.
The Program’s vision is to create an environmentally and economically sustainable Chesapeake Bay watershed with clean water, abundant life, conserved lands and access to the water, a vibrant cultural heritage and a diversity of engaged citizens and stakeholders.
The Farm now has a perimeter fence around the pond in the horse pasture to ensure that animal by-products are filtered through a grass barrier before any run-off reaches the pond. Farmers all along the watershed are being asked to participate in this effort to control harmful run-off. The Department of Environmental Protection and the Lackawanna County Conservation District provided the Farm with the engineering and manpower needed to redirect water flow and to install the fence; however, there were and are other costs incurred, including moving earth, moving rocks, clearing pipes, reinforcing banks, etc.
Additional information can be found at this link: www.cbf.org