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Chesapeake Bay Foundation:
This is a collection of success stories about farmers implementing Best Management Practices I’ve written for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Feel free to download and use these articles.
Jimmy Crosby, former bull rider, now a champion of soil health.
Forrest Pritchard, farmer, and best selling author is a soil health champion.
Ease of herd movemenet is the number one reason this farmer excluded livestock from the river that flows through his farm.
Scott Miller saved his forest and uses rotational grazing.
Marli Hickin, farmer and mother of five, teaches her children about sustainability.
Glenn and Arlene Reid fenced their cows out of a stream to prevent calf losses and for ease of herd movement.
“I could drink the water leaving our farm”.
Dr. Scott Nordstrom recommends fencing livestock out of streams for bio-security reasons.
Scott Plein: proving everyday that working farmers can be great producers and great conservationists.
He did a lot of livestock exclusion on his own…many miles of it.
He recommends fencing your cattle out of ponds and streams.
Father James Orthmann of Holy Cross Abbey
Marjie and John Gibson own Fort Story Farm on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in Page County, Virginia
Article on Mike Bazzle of Smith Creek. He is showing his well water before he excluded his cattle from the streams on his farm.
Millard and Jenny Driver
President of the Farm Bureau Federation on the Eastern Shore, Steve Sturgis implemented many BMPs.
This talented farrier recommends keeping your horses out of streams and other wet areas.
The Horn family of Mount Solon, Virginia. Three generations working on Delta Springs Farm.
Bay Journal News Service: Oped Pieces
The Clean Water Act is 45 years old this week, born in the U.S. Congress on October 18, 1972. Sometime before that day, the river of my childhood — the Roanoke River in southwestern Virginia — had been declared a fire hazard because of pollution.
Distributed by the Bay Journal News Service on 10/17/17. Several newspapers ran it including USA Today on 10/19/17.
Native trees and shrubs remove pollution from streams. Distributed by the Bay Journal News Service on 3/7/2017. We found a 30.6% reduction in E. coli in Middle River after it flowed through our riparian buffer. USA Today published the article on 3/17/17.
Removing crop residues from the land leaves it vulnerable to the effects of weather. This oped piece was distributed by the Bay Journal News Service on 1/25/2017.
This award-winning op-ed piece was distributed by the Bay Journal News Service on 4/19/2016.
This op-ed piece, “Brook Trout – Our Environmental Refugees” was distributed on 11/10/2015
Well-managed farmland builds soil health, produces clean water and provides many other ecosystem services. This piece was distributed by the Bay Journal News Service on 6/30/2015.
Soil erosion from annual crop fields in the Mississippi watershed is the leading cause for the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico which is the second largest in the world and still growing. This piece was distributed by the Bay Journal News Service on 4/21/2015
Newly elected Maryland governor Larry Hogan. One of his first acts was to repeal the Phosphorus Management Tool regulation. It made me gnash my teeth. Read my oped piece here. Distributed by the Bay Journal News Service on 2/3/2015.
This is Dr. Bern Sweeney of Stroud Water Research Center beside one of their “water flumes”. Differing species of macroinvertebrates prefer different species of leaves. This article is about the importance of leaves along streams. This was published on 10/14/14.
The pipeline should not be built because of our Karst topography. This was distributed by the Bay Journal News Service on 9/23/2014.
This piece was published on 6/13/2014.
This was published on 8/8/2014. Photo by Peter Essick of National Geographic
Virginia Wildlife Magazine
Watershed restoration. This article was published in the March/April 2016 issue of Virginia Wildlife magazine.
This award-winning article, “Fish Need Leaves” was published in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Virginia Wildlife Magazine. It was recognized by the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association with their Excellence in Craft award for Feature Article.
Save the Bay Magazine “Reflections” article, winter 2014, page 14
Save the Bay magazine winter 2014
A twenty-three-mile segment of Middle River De-listed from Virginia’s Dirty Water List. Published in the News Leader eEdition on 5/25/2018 and hard copy on 5/27/2018.
This op-ed was published in the News Leader on 7/12/2018 and in the Roanoke Times on 7/19/2018
This was published in the online addition of the News Leader of Staunton, Virginia on 8/15/2017
This is an OPED piece about what really happened at our FERC scoping meeting about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. It was published in the News Leader on 3/24/2015.
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