While Pennsylvania’s WIP Makes
Notable Strides, Issues Still Remain
Under tight deadlines, intense pressure, and
scrutiny, the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) submitted
its final Watershed Implementation Plan
(WIP) to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, meeting the November 29 deadline.
The plan contains significant improvements
to the Commonwealth’s draft plan submitted last September, but there is still room for
In the months preceding the deadline, CBF
staff helped lead a workgroup in re-crafting a
strong WIP. Not all CBF suggestions were
adopted, but the Commonwealth has committed to achieving much of its pollution
reduction goal within seven years by ensuring
compliance with existing pollution laws for
the roughly 40,000 farms in the watershed.
While the state has some strong agricultural
laws, enforcement and compliance has been
lacking, with as many as half of farms suspected to be out of compliance with required
environmental management plans.
While there is room for improvement on the
agricultural side, the plan falls particularly
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Pennsylvania’s WIP falls short on mitigating urban
Pennsylvania will suffer without
and suburban stormwater runoff which washes
nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment, and other pollu-
tants off the land and into our waterways.
a commitment to maintain
environmental funding and
renew Growing Greener.
short on urban and suburban stormwater
runoff. Despite some potential creative solutions, such as legislation to limit lawn fertilizers, DEP’s plan largely argues that the status quo is sufficient. In addition, the plan
lacks many details on precisely what needs
to be done and what resources are needed.
Because of the plan’s shortcoming, EPA may
impose backstop provisions on Pennsylvania.
Details are incomplete, but the proposed
backstop provisions include an expansion of
permitted areas and increased permit regulations for stormwater.
CBF is committed to working with DEP to
strengthen the plan to meet EPA’s pollution
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The Need to Renew Growing Greener
This year, Pennsylvania will be faced with a
significant growing deficit. Decision makers
will face the difficult task of prioritizing
state spending in an especially tight fiscal
climate. CBF will advocate strongly to pri-oritize environmental protection support in
the Environmental Stewardship Fund
(ESF) and Renew Growing Greener. These
are top priorities even in light of federal
requirements from EPA on the Total
Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL), increased
pressures on water and air quality from
exploration and extraction of natural gas in
the Marcellus Shale formation, and an
increased need to reduce carbon emissions.
Growing Greener has been essential in protecting working farms, natural places, and
places of historic significance; cleaning up
rivers and streams; creating and improving
parks and trails; and revitalizing cities and
towns. After a decade of success, the funding sources that support Growing Greener
are nearly exhausted.
Structures like this, house and protect compost
from the elements during the curing process.
Without a commitment to ensure a stable
funding source for ESF, communities will
be hampered in efforts to meet
Pennsylvania’s clean water requirements
and improve our quality of life and local
economies through environmental protection and restoration efforts.
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Renew Growing Greener program, visit
Buy Your Compost By the Bag
This spring, residents in the Lancaster area
will have a new way to grow greener, healthier plants while improving local streams and
the Bay. As part of an effort to manage
manure in an environmentally beneficial
way, CBF, in partnership with Oregon Dairy
Farms, Terra-Gro Inc., TeamAg Inc., and the
Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, joined an
initiative led by the Environmental Defense
Fund to establish Oregon Dairy Organics.
Oregon Dairy Organics is a collaborative
composting project that takes township-col-lected yard waste, organic food waste, and
excess manure from local farms and turns it
into high-quality compost to use as a soil
conditioner for all lawn and garden needs.
Information on this creative solution is available at http://blogs.edf org/oregondairyorganics/.
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