Overview: Farming is an economically important historical use of rural lands adjoining the River. Most Agriculture operations within the watershed are focused on row crops. However, based on Baltimore County’s Water Quality Management Study, farming without appropriate erosion control safeguards has been shown to have a detrimental effect on small tributaries that enter the main stem of the River.
Project: GRK is interested in checking agricultural lands for compliance with existing soil conservation plans, (most agriculture in the watershed is in row crops) and will work collaboratively with farmers regarding responsible and sustainable land use practices to protect the River.
Benefits: This project will help to ensure that Best Management Practices (BMP’s) are being followed on agricultural lands within the watershed. These efforts will lessen the effects of unchecked agricultural runoff, conserve soil and minimize nutrient loading from agricultural sources.
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