It was announced that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will commit to water quality monitoring of key poultry operations on the Eastern Shore.
Eastern Shore resident, Jay Ford, representing The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, is responsible for bringing the concerns about poultry operations to the attention fo DEQ.
“There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the risks to waterways from poultry operations,” said Jay Ford, an Accomack County resident who recently joined CBF as its Virginia Voices Outreach Coordinator after many years of leadership with Eastern Shorekeeper. “Fortunately, DEQ is taking a very positive step forward. This monitoring program will verify that these new poultry permits effectively control pollution. We are grateful to DEQ Director David Paylor, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew Strickler and others in the Administration of Governor Ralph Northam for this monitoring commitment,” Ford said.