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Federal Agriculture Advisory Board Examines Water Quality Issues

Federal Agriculture Advisory Board Examines Water Quality Issues
 
HARRISBURG – The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) agriculture advisory board met last week to examine water quality issues in the Chesapeake Bay and other vital waterways, according to Senator Mike Brubaker (R-36).
 
The Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC) is a group of representatives from academia, agriculture-related industries and state, local and federal government that advises the EPA on a wide range of environmental issues of importance to agriculture and rural communities.
 
The September 30 meeting included a discussion of water quality issues for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and ways the EPA can cooperate with farmers and rural communities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to meet pollution reduction goals.

“Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay should be a priority to protect the drinking water and food supplies for millions of Americans, but we must also ensure that the interests of farmers and rural communities are protected,” said Brubaker, who serves as a member of the FRRCC and Vice Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. “We need to make sure there is a strong cooperative effort between all of the stakeholders in the process to reduce pollution without hurting farmers and communities within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”
 
More information on FRRCC is available online at www.epa.gov.
 
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