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A new plan aims to reduce manure and soil runoff in Lancaster County to improve both local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

A bold initiative to let Lancaster County groups and leaders decide how to best meet required reductions in manure and soil runoff related to the Chesapeake Bay is ready for a big reveal.

The newly established Lancaster Clean Water Partners is inviting the public to a release of a draft plan from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road.

The draft, put together by experts and leaders from Lancaster County, will be given to the public at the meeting and attendees can then voice their likes, dislikes and new ideas.

The plan will then be revised before being submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection by the end of November.

After years of dictating how reductions of nutrients and sediment would be made to fulfill Pennsylvania’s commitment to the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, DEP has decided to let counties set the agenda.

Pennsylvania has fallen behind in its goals to meet the 2025 deadline it signed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Lancaster is one of four counties — York, Adams and Franklin are the others — taking the lead on developing countywide action plans to clean and clear local waterways.

 Among those participating in the draft blueprint are the Lancaster County Conservation District, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, LandStudies, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Penn State, local consulting and engineering firms, LIVE Green and a number of townships and boroughs.

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