AG Group Blasts Bay Restoration Plan

A national agriculture group says the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay restoration plan does not accurately track efforts made by farmers to cut pollution. The National Association of Conservation Districts levied the criticism in public comments filed with the EPA. The nonprofit represents the nation’s conservation districts, which are established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. The association says the EPA is relying on an untested, imperfect bay model that fails to recognize conservation practices outside of cost-sharing programs. The EPA has urged farmers to report all activities conducted to help restore the bay.