Chesapeake Bay: Making the Grade

We’re getting there. That’s the message from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the Choose Clean Water Coalition, which released their report card on pollution control in the Chesapeake Bay watershed this past week. But, not surprisingly, we’ve still got a long way to go. This week’s report card reflects progress made since 2009 when […]

Farmers to the Bay Captures Common Ground Among Farmers, Watermen

Building Bridges to Conservation through Communication RICHMOND, VA. – A new Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) video featuring a Shenandoah Valley farmer and the mayor of Tangier Island shows how people from diverse walks of life can find common ground in clean water and a healthy Chesapeake Bay. The video, titled “Farmers to the Bay – […]

We Can’t Do It Alone

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation A volunteer tree-planting on Darrell and Crystal Landes’ farm in Rockingham County, Virginia, demonstrates how the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) partners with farmers, volunteers, and state and federal cost-share programs to ensure clean water and healthy farms. The work on the Landes’ farm is part of a larger outreach and technical […]

Streamside Livestock Exclusion: A tool for increasing farm income and improving water quality

Did you know that livestock, like humans, prefer a clean water source and are healthier and more productive when they drink clean water? Virginia producers who have restricted or eliminated livestock access to streams and farm ponds and converted to a clean, alternative water source have observed increased livestock productivity, improved water quality, and restored stream banks on their farms. As a consequence, livestock stream exclusion practices are gaining popularity across Virginia. This publication, produced through the cooperation of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, describes the findings, experiences, and successes of individual producers who are limiting livestock stream access.

Everybody Wins: Streamside Livestock Exclusion

An OmniMedia presentation by The Downstream Project on Streamside Livestock Exclusion. Livestock waste can cause overloads of fecal coliform bacteria, either by direct discharge, storm runoff or manure spreading. High levels of fecal coliform often reduces oxygen levels, killing fish and other aquatic life. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program for agricultural […]

Flexible Fence: Collaboration Needed

Livestock waste is a predominant source of water pollution in streams and rivers running through or near farmland. Central to successful efforts at excluding livestock from streams and waterways  is the concept of flexible (or adaptive) fencing. Livestock waste can cause overloads of fecal coliform bacteria, either by direct discharge, storm runoff or manure spreading. […]