PA Making Case for Practical, Cost-Effective Ways to Cleanup Chesapeake Bay, Meet Federal Mandates

Despite Significant Progress, State Acknowledges More Work is Ahead

“We have a good understanding of what our sewage treatment plants have achieved in terms of reductions, but we believe farmers, developers and other groups may underreport the good work they’ve done,” said Hanger. “We want to develop a process that will give us a better handle on how well we have done to date. With that information, we’ll have a better sense of what more needs to be done.”

1. Establish challenging, but attainable two-year milestones and improve the state’s ability to track its progress by cooperating with those taking pollution reduction measures and partners such as county conservation districts.

3. Enhancing common sense compliance efforts, particularly for nonpoint sources such as agriculture and stormwater runoff from development. For the farming industry, the state plans to expand outreach efforts and technical assistance; and continue existing regulatory programs, but make changes where necessary. To reduce stormwater runoff, DEP is examining requirements in the recently adopted revisions to Chapter 102, erosion and sedimentation regulations, and is developing the next-generation general permit for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System communities that will enhance best management practices to reduce pollution discharges.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection