Agriculture

Agriculture is the single largest contributor of nutrient and sediment pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, but it doesn't have to be that way. 

ShoreRivers is recognized as a leader in working collaboratively with farmers to solve problems of nutrient and sediment loss to waterways from agriculture. We are an incubator for new ideas and technologies for best farming practices that benefit farmers and our Eastern Shore waterways.

Recent accomplishments include:

  • Designed, implemented, and managed more than 50 agricultural restoration projects that collectively prevent 29,000 lbs of nitrogen pollution, 10,000 lbs of phosphorus pollution, and 1,000,000 lbs of sediment pollution from entering our local waterways each year
  • Decreasing fertilizer loss from farm fields by piloting on-farm application of new technology on 24,000 acres to variably apply fertilizer only where, and in the amounts, it is needed
  • Increasing buffers on farms by advancing markets for an alternative crop of native grass for marginally productive areas of fields
  • Installing multiple bioreactors and other innovative practices to clean agricultural runoff
  • Engaging in multiple agricultural outreach efforts by hosting an annual Farmer's Breakfast and other public community events to discuss agriculture and its relationship to our waterways.