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Federal Agency Perspective Environmental Regulations, Approaches, and Opportunities by Kelly Shenk Federal Agency Perspective Environmental Regulations, Approaches, and Opportunities by Kelly Shenk Presentation Transcript

  • Federal Agency Perspective Environmental Regulations, Approaches, and Opportunities Delaware River Watershed Forum October 28, 2013 Photo Kelly Shenk Agricultural Advisor U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III Photo from SAN Tour 6/28/13
  • Thriving Agriculture AND Clean Waters Generic photos from google search to illustrate ag and WQ. Agriculture: Critical for food, fiber, fuel, ecosystem, culture. Farmers: Stewards of the Land. Conservation practices are working. We can have it all!
  • We have more to do… Environmental Issues: • Animal Manure Surpluses. • Cows in streams. • Cropland pollutant losses. • Bacteria, nitrogen, phosphorus, sed iment pollution Challenges: • • • • • • Complex problems = complex solutions. Farmer economics. Financial assistance. Technical assistance. Social/cultural considerations. Technology.
  • Federal Perspective – Env. Regulations Protect Public Health & Environment EPA relies heavily on strong State programs to address pollution from smaller animal operations and cropland.
  • Federal Perspective – EPA Open to New Approaches “…a turning point for EPA.” “It’s not as heavy-handed.” • Elements of success in Watson Run, Lancaster PA: – EPA focused on environmental outcome. – EPA open to new approaches for env. results. – EPA worked through Bishops and Conservation District – people that the farmers trusted. – Conservation District worked with farmers and got results. – PADEP is following this model for its watershed assessments. • Actions: – Conservation plans, manure management plans, barn gutters, streambank fencing, riparian buffers, etc. • Results: – Improved herd health, improved stream health. – Compliance with state regulations, long-term viability.
  • Federal Perspective – Opportunities Schuylkill Action Network Example • Elements of Success – Understanding & shared interest. – Technical/Financial assistance. • Actions: – Manure lagoons, gutters, no-till Crops, fencing, stream crossings. • Results – – – – – – Apply manure only when need it. No trampled stream banks. No cow manure in stream. Reduced labor/fuel costs on no-till lands. Profitable, sustainable, competitive farms. Good stream quality, and drinking water quality. Photo from SAN Tour 6/28/13
  • Continue the Dialogue “My commitment to you is that at the end of my term, we will have a stronger, more productive, more trusting relationship between EPA and the agriculture community.” - EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy Photo from SAN Tour 6/28/13