Maryland event touts USDA Chesapeake cleanup effort

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 6, 2014 1:25 AM

(Cockeysville, Md.) -- The U.S. Agriculture Department is kicking off a Chesapeake Bay watershed cleanup program with an event in the Baltimore suburb of Cockeysville.

The six-state watershed is one of eight "critical conservation areas'' the USDA has designated for special attention under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

It includes parts of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. 

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin organized today's meeting with officials including state Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance and Jason Weller, chief of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

They're touring an area farm and meeting with farmers to highlight the availability of federal funds for projects aimed at reducing fertilizer and sediment runoff from private land into the bay.

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