Reducing Pollution and
Six Virginia farmers are profiled for using environmentally friendly practices like no-till planting
(shown above), crop rotation, and the use of cover crops.
reduced soil erosion flowing into neighboring streams and improved water quality
locally and in the Bay; saved time and
“horsepower,” allowing them to spend more
time with their families; grown healthier
crops and increased their yields by as much
as 25 percent; and, ultimately, improved
their bottom lines.
In a short, 15-minute video called “Gaining
Ground Virginia,” The Virginia No-Till
Alliance, the Virginia Cooperative Extension,
and the Shenandoah Resource Conservation
Council tell the stories of six Virginia
farmers who are models of environmental
stewardship and, at the same time, very
These very compelling real-life stories, which
are available online for anyone to see at
with the farmers describing how pleased they
are with the actions they have taken and the
results they have seen.
For years, these farmers have employed a
suite of conservation practices, specifically a
“continuous no-till” method of tilling that
does not disturb the land, the planting of
cover crops to hold fallow land on the field
and put organic matter back into the soil,
and rotating crops to contribute to soil
improvement. As a result, these farmers have
CBF commends the six farmers featured in
“Gaining Ground Virginia.” We know that
farmers everywhere care deeply about their
land and want to be good stewards of it. And
we celebrate these six who say it as well as
anyone else—environmental protection and a
good economy are two sides of the same coin.
CBF knows this fight for the Bay pollution limits will be a tough, protracted
one. The good news is that work has
already started and progress is clearly
being made. Right now while also continuing to bring about pollution reduction, we also find ourselves in the
defense mode, protecting the pollution limits in Congress and federal
court. There will be at least three other
parts to the fight: (1) implementing
the states’ plans, which will happen at
the local level; ( 2) funding pollution
reduction programs, which will have
to be shared at the federal and state
levels and through technology and
innovations; and ( 3) being a watchdog
ensuring what is supposed to be happening in fact is, by holding governments accountable.
uVisit www.gaininggroundvirginia.org for more
information on these real-life success stories.
u To learn more about CBF’s efforts to support Bay pollution limits, visit cbf.org/tmdl.