An updated report on the science surrounding Chesapeake Bay water quality confirms that serious and significant differences exist between the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Bay Model” and the model authored by the Agriculture Department. The analysis – conducted by LimnoTech and commissioned by the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council – shows there are vast differences in the areas of land use, total acreage of the Bay watershed and data and assumptions about farmer adoption of conservation and farming practices.
Because of this disagreement – there is a wide discrepancy in the nutrients and sediments being attributed to agriculture. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation – left unchanged – these differences could lead to farmers in the watershed paying a steep price for nutrients and sediments that have been mistakenly attributed to them.
Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman explains that farmers and others in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are being directed to incur extreme costs and even take land out of production to comply with EPA’s harsh new regulations. Stallman says those regulations must be based on reliable information – and currently that is not the case.