S.2294 - Chesapeake Bay Watershed Fairness Act of 2012112th Congress (2011-2012)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 04/18/2012)|
|Committees:||Senate - Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry|
|Latest Action:||04/18/2012 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.|
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Summary: S.2294 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (04/18/2012)
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Fairness Act of 2012 - Amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to provide technical assistance to a Chesapeake Bay state (Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) to: (1) assist in developing water quality goals that reduce losses of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment from agricultural or nonindustrial private forest land in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; (2) assist in developing protocols to confirm producer or owner compliance with water quality laws; and (3) harmonize water quality trading technical guidelines in preparation for interstate trading.
Authorizes the Secretary to provide: (1) financial and technical assistance to a Chesapeake Bay state to assist agricultural producers or owners promote water quality goals or conduct water quality trading preparation activities, and (2) technical assistance to agricultural producers and owners of nonindustrial private forest land in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for conservation services.
Amends the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to set aside certain watershed funds for projects located within the watershed of any water for which the federal government has established a multi-state maximum daily pollutant load, with priority given to projects that address agricultural and silvicultural sources.
Directs the Secretary to coordinate with each federal agency owning or operating a facility within the Chesapeake Basin the development of plans that maximize forest cover at the facility.