The National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation have announced their support for the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act, which would allow states and communities more flexibility in meeting water quality goals to help restore and protect natural resources, according to the organizations.
The bill would also set up programs to give farmers, homebuilders and localities new ways to meet their water quality goals. “The bill offers a sound and straightforward approach in dealing with on-going efforts to enhance the water quality in the Chesapeake Bay," said the associations in a statement. "It also provides a good combination of incentives, coordination and technical assistance needed to achieve the necessary goal of advancing the Bay’s water quality objectives."
According to the two groups, the legislation strikes an important balance between regulatory requirements that are achievable and the use of technologies that have proven results while not jeopardizing the financial sustainability of the poultry farmers that care about the quality of the land and water they rely upon in the Chesapeake Bay.