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The Susquehanna River flows into the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland.
What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, July 13, 2015:
Pennsylvania is not meeting its goals in the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. That's according to a report from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA was especially critical of how far behind Pennsylvania is in controlling agriculture-based nitrogen and sediment running into the bay.
The report indicated to meet its goals, Pennsylvania would have to remove an additional 14.6 million pounds, or 22 percent of its loadings into the Susquehanna River, by the end of 2015.
Will Baker and Harry Campbell of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation appear on Monday's Smart Talk to discuss what the state must do to improve its cleanup efforts.
The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau disputes some of the EPA findings. For example, the organization claims farmers who have taken steps voluntarily have not been counted.
The Farm Bureau's Mark O'Neill joins us along with Lebanon County farmer Bonnie Wenger on Smart Talk to address the bay cleanup and also precautions being taken in Pennsylvania to guard against avian influenza in poultry spreading to the state.
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