Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, December 02, 1995, Image 1

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Vol. 41 No. 4
While many parts of the region have had anywhere from one inch to three
feet of snow on the ground before this week, southeast Pennsylvania in
general and Lancaster County specifically had no snow on the ground to
amount to anything until Tuesday night. Even then, to see the beautiful farm
scenes, you had to get up early before the sun melted the snow off the trees.
Chesapeake Bay Executive Council Approves Local Initiative
Lancaster Farming Staff
RESTON, Va. The six
members of the Chesapeake Bay
Executive Council met in Reston,
Virginia, on Thursday and signed
several new agreements on how to
best protect and continue to
upgrade the quality of the Chesa
peake Bay and its basin.
Part of that new agreement is a
“directive” that outlines how
actions by the Chesapeake Bay
Program have ”... presented local
Streambank, Conservation Work
Catches Eye Of Neighbors, PACD
Lancaster Farming Staff
BEDMINSTER (Bucks Co.) Fruit grower Ken Bupp has heard the saying before:
"If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’’
But he believes if something has the potential to be broken, or shows definite signs of
strain, you better get in there before the situation turns disastrous.
Years ago. he noticed how, after a heavy rain, a local tributary, which feeds into the
Tohickon River and eventually to the Delaware, would overflow and spill tons of water
and some soil material onto neighbors’ properties.
He knew something had to be done.
So after contacting the county conservation district and working closely with the Soil
Conservation Service (now the Natural Resource Conservation Service) and the state fish
commission in the early 19905, Bupp made extensive repairs to the streambank. He also
installed crown vetch and netting to stabilize the banks.
Bupp, who was recently honored for his work in water quality and conservation efforts
with the statewide 1995 Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD)
Award, said the work helped the neighbors with homes that, in the past, were threatened
with flooding.
"It’s more to their benefit than it was ours, but we went ahead and did that in order to
help them out so it wouldn’t flood their properties,’’ he said.
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governments with significant
opportunities to contribute to our
efforts to protect and restore Bay
In 1987, the Chesapeak Bay
Program Executive Council
agreed to reduce nutrient flow into
the Chesapeake Bay by 40 percent
For Pennsylvania that goal has
been to raluce nitrogen flow by 40
percent and was the main reason
Pennsylvania adopted the Nutrient
Management Act which currently
requires high-density livestock
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, December 2, 1995
production operations to develop
and implement an approved total
operation nutrient management
It also provides for voluntary
planning for those under the lives
tock density threshhold and pro
tections for those who voluntarily
While regulations to implement
the Nutrient Management Act are
in the process of being finalized,
the council acknowledged that its
needs the help of local government
Photographers like to use these trees to frame pictures. This Amish farm
scene is southwest of New Holland where South Groffdale Road runs
between the house and bam between Scenic Road and Musser School
Road. For the week ahead the forecaster calls for weather that is warmer
and drier than normal. Photo by Evaratt NawaWangar, managing abhor.
to achieve the environmental goals
it has set
If the entire effort is successful,
residents of the Bay Basin should
expect a stronger economic base
because of the increase in variety
and volume of renewable, com
mercially important species and
According to the agreement, ,
affected would be the “1,653 local
governments located within Virgi
nia, Maryland. Pennsylvania and
the District of Columbia (that) arc
Ken Bupp wn recently honored for his woifc In water quality and conser- •
vatlon efforts with the statewide 1995 Pennsylvania Association of Conser
vation Districts (PACO) Award and the 1994 Conservation Fanner of the
Year Award.
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now and will become increasingly
important partners in many aspects
of the Bay restoration effort.”
The agreement. Local Govern
ment Partnership Initiative
Directive 95-1, outlines specific
commitments by council members
that are designed to increase the
amount of local government input
, into making Bay-improving deci
sions, and also increase technical
and financial assistance from the
Bay Program to local
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