Virtual event

Virtual Event Senator Yaw and Senator Martin will join the EPA, PA Farm Bureau and Chesapeake Bay Foundation to discuss how the new Clean Streams Fund and Fertilizer Bill will benefit farmers, PA waters and Chesapeake Bay

WHAT: Pennsylvania’s recently approved budget is a historic victory for the state’s waterways and environment. Pennsylvania lawmakers have approved spending $220 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal funds to create a new Equity funds, much of which will provide financial support to farmers in Pennsylvania. The Fund will also help Pennsylvania gain momentum to meet its pollution reduction goals in the Chesapeake Bay.

Agricultural runoff has been a huge contributor to the pollution of local Pennsylvania and bay waters. The Clean Streams Fund will provide $154 million for a new agricultural conservation assistance program to share the costs with farmers, giving them the resources to implement on-farm practices that improve farm sustainability and the quality of local waterways.

Also passing last week, after 12 years, is the Fertilizer bill, sponsored by Senator Gene Yaw. The Fertilizer Bill will establish content limits for bagged do-it-yourself lawn fertilizer, as well as limits and other best practice standards for applying fertilizer to lawns.

Representatives from the EPA, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Pennsylvania delegation will present the programs and answer questions from the media during a virtual event.

WHEN: Wednesday July 13, 2022, 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Microsoft Teams virtual event link

WHO:

  • Adam Ortiz, EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator
  • Kyle Kotzmoyer, State and Local Affairs Specialist, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
  • Pa. Senator Gene Yaw (R-23)
  • Pa. Senator Scott Martin (R-13)
  • Hilary Falk, President, Chesapeake Bay Foundation