Federal Agency Perspective
Environmental Regulations, Approaches, and Opportunities
Delaware River Watershed Forum
October...
Thriving Agriculture
AND Clean Waters

Generic photos from google search to illustrate ag and WQ.

Agriculture: Critical f...
We have more to do…
Environmental Issues:
• Animal Manure Surpluses.
• Cows in streams.
• Cropland pollutant losses.
•
Bac...
Federal Perspective – Env. Regulations
Protect Public Health & Environment

EPA relies heavily on
strong State programs to...
Federal Perspective – EPA Open to New Approaches
“…a turning point for EPA.”
“It’s not as heavy-handed.”

• Elements of su...
Federal Perspective – Opportunities
Schuylkill Action Network Example
• Elements of Success
– Understanding & shared inter...
Continue the Dialogue

“My commitment to you is that at the
end of my term, we will have a
stronger, more productive, more...
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Federal Agency Perspective Environmental Regulations, Approaches, and Opportunities by Kelly Shenk

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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!
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Federal Perspective – Env. Regulations Protect Public Health & Environment EPA relies heavily on strong State programs to address pollution from smaller animal operations and cropland.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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

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