2021 Update-Phase III of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan, Agricultural Sector Goals and Actions Part II

Benjamin S. Chester, PE, Ag BMP Engineer, Department of Concentration and Recreation

As a continuation to 2021 2021 Update-Phase III of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan, Agricultural Sector Goals and Actions Part I we will review the direction that the Virginia Agricultural Cost Share (VACS) program has taken to achieve our WIP III goals. The WIP III requirements include structures designed to manage concentrated animal waste. This past year the Soil and Water State Board has approved the suggestions from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the state Technical Advisory Committee, to offer four new practices specifically targeting concentrated manure management. We will review the four new practices introduced to the VACS program this year and how they will be used to meet out WIP III goals.


Author Bio

Benjamin S. Chester, PE
Ag. BMP Engineer, Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Soil and Water Conservation

Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Old Dominion University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia. Ben is and adjunct professor at Virginia Western Community College since 2016 and has worked in the private sector from 2012 to 2018, after which he joined DCR as an Agricultural BMP Engineer.