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New regulations improving Pa. water quality

July 18, 2006

HARRISBURG - The quality of water in Pennsylvania is improving thanks to recent changes in nutrient management regulations by the State Conservation Commission, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said.

"We commend the State Conservation Commission and the Nutrient Management Advisory Board for their dedication in making these revisions," said Wolff, who is also chairman of the State Conservation Commission.

The new regulations are a balance between properly applying manure generated on high-density animal operations - those with more than 2,000 pounds of animals per acre - without overly restricting the movement of nutrients throughout the state.

The revisions cover a wide range of topics including phosphorous management, exporting manure from farms, manure setbacks from water sources, seasonal application, manure stacking, soil testing and financial assistance.

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For detailed information on the new regulations, contact nutrient management specialist Doug Goodlander at 717-787-8821 or dgoodlande@state.pa.us, or contact your local conservation district.

For a complete list of the regulations, visit http://panutrientmgmt.cas.psu.edu.

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