soil conservation and water quality plans
Maryland farmers have surpassed the 2015 Goal to complete Soil Conservation and Water Quality Plans. 

  • Nutrient Management plans are tested and updated every three years to stay current with farmland and scientific research. These plans were mandated by the state in 1998, under Governor Paris Glendening. *MDA
  • EPA “blueprint” (called a total maximum daily load, TMDL) sets limits for phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment for sources (municipal wastewater, agriculture, forestry, urban runoff, etc.) across the 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed. *EPA
  • On December 31, 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set limits on the amount of nutrients and sediment that can enter the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to setting these limits, known as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), EPA required the Bay watershed jurisdictions to develop statewide Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs). *MDA