ecently, Frank Rohrer, a restoration specialist in CBF’s Pennsylvania office, received
an important phone call. A farmer, with
whom he’d worked as a part of CBF’s Buffer
Bonus program, called to say “thank you.”
He told Rohrer that the funding CBF helped
secure for him made the project possible.
“That’s a big part of the reward for doing
this work. We are improving water quality, while helping conservation-minded
farmers work their land,” Rohrer said.
Buffer Bonus is one of CBF’s programs
aimed at reducing water pollution in
Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth contributes half of the nitrogen pollution
flowing into the Bay–and more than half
of that is from agriculture. CBF offers programs like Buffer Bonus to help farmers
make sustainable improvements to their
land. These practices include planting
forested buffers along streams and fencing
livestock from waterways, which drastically reduce the pollution that reaches
rivers, streams, and ultimately the Bay.
This critical work would not be possible
without the support of generous CBF
donors, such as the Richard King Mellon
Foundation, ACE Charitable Foundation,
The National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department
of Environmental Protection, the Arbor
Day Foundation and U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, and
Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Together, these public and private partners
leverage one another’s support, enabling
CBF to offer a variety of services to farm-
ers, like planting native trees, providing
the technical expertise of our staff, and
implementing the on-the-ground, conser-
Harry Campbell, CBF’s Pennsylvania
Executive Director, says of these partnerships, “CBF’s public-private partnerships bring together individual donors,
private foundations, government agencies, and corporations in support of a
common goal: clean water.” The good
news is, these substantial investments
reduce pollution while benefitting farmers in other ways, such as improving soil
health and reducing veterinary bills.
Harry Cambell puts it this way: “The end
result is improved farm production, better
water quality in Pennsylvania’s rivers and
streams, and ultimately, a cleaner Bay.”
uMore information about CBF’s Buffer Bonus
program is available at cbf.org/bufferbonus.
These seedlings will grow into a mature buffer, keeping polluted runoff out of the stream on this Pennsylvania farm, a CBF Buffer Bonus participant.
partnerships bring together
individual donors, private
agencies, and corporations in
support of a common goal:
A Cleaner Bay for Us All